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    Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests

    Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...0BD6ND20130213
    EU Commission wants DNA tests to assess scale of problem

    * Aim to determine level of horsemeat in processed beef

    * Affair undermining confidence in EU food chain -minister

    By Charlie Dunmore and Adrian Croft

    BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The European Commission has proposed increased DNA testing of meat products to assess the scale of a scandal involving horsemeat sold as beef that has shocked the public and raised concern over the continent's food supply chains.

    "The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states," European Union Health Commissioner Tonio Borg told reporters after a ministerial meeting in Brussels to discuss the affair. The initial one-month testing plan would include premises handling horsemeat to check whether potentially harmful equine medicine residues have entered the food chain, Borg said, with the first results expected by mid-April.

    The scandal erupted when tests carried out in Ireland revealed that meat in products labelled as beef was in fact up to 100 percent horsemeat. Operators in at least eight EU countries have since been dragged into the affair, raising fears of a pan-European labelling fraud. Officials have said no risk to public health from the adulterated foods has been identified at this stage but testing for horse medicine in meat is being undertaken to be sure.

    The suspected fraud has caused particular outrage in Britain, where many view the idea of eating horsemeat with distaste, and exposed flaws in food controls. "This is impacting on the integrity of the food chain, which is a really significant issue for a lot of countries. Now that we know this is a European problem, we need a European solution," Irish farm minister Simon Coveney told reporters before the meeting. At the urging of ministers, Borg said the Commission would accelerate work on potential changes to EU labelling rules that would force companies to state the country of origin on processed meat products.

    Currently the requirement only applies to fresh beef, and is expected to be extended to fresh lamb, pork and poultry from December 2014. But EU officials have warned privately that the complexity of supply chains would make the requirement almost impossible to implement in practice. EU and national authorities are still trying to uncover the source of the suspected horsemeat fraud.

    "All those countries through which this meat product has passed of course are under suspicion," Borg told a news briefing earlier on Wednesday. "By the countries, I mean the companies in those countries which dealt with this meat product." He added that it would be unfair at this stage to point the finger at any organisation in particular.

    NOT JUST HORSE?

    On Jan. 15, routine tests by Ireland's Food Safety Authority found horsemeat in frozen beef burgers produced by firms in Ireland and Britain and sold in supermarket chains including Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer.

    Concerns grew last week when the British unit of frozen foods group Findus began recalling packets of beef lasagna on advice from its French supplier Comigel, after tests showed up to 100 percent of the meat in them was horse. The affair has since implicated operators and middlemen in a range of EU countries, from abattoirs in Romania and factories in Luxembourg to traders in Cyprus and food companies in France. German supermarket chain Real, part of the world's fourth largest retailer Metro, said tests revealed traces of horsemeat in frozen lasagna on Wednesday. Real, which operates more than 300 stores across Europe's largest economy, said it had already removed the ready-meal from its shelves on Friday.

    The first evidence that the labelling scandal could go beyond horsemeat also emerged when the upmarket British grocer Waitrose said its testing found that some of its frozen British beef meatballs might contain pork. The firm, part of the John Lewis Partnership, has withdrawn the product from sale. Horsemeat is traditionally prized by many consumers in EU countries such as France, Italy and Belgium.
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    The horsemeat which is turning up in these suspect products was never bred for human consumption as it contains phenylbutazone or bute as it is known which causes cancer in humans and is why it is prohibited.

    The UKs Food Standards Agency it turns out is like a soldier with both hands tied behind his back plus a blind fold on put there by our government, yet still expected to defend the rest of us. The reason being that UK protection agencies are not allowed to test any food originating from another EU country if all the paperwork supplied is in order. It is called the Single Market that the government has signed us up to and wants us to remain in. Only if a complaint is made are the FSA allowed to carry out an investigation and testing.

    It was exactly the same situation with the dodgy French breast implants. It was not until they started bursting inside innocent victims that the UK authorities could actually test them.

    Another blatant example was a Dublin egg plant which was supplying allegedly organically produced eggs to supermarkets etc for years. They put many genuine organic producers out of business before authorities listened to some of those rivals and it was then uncovered that the “organic” eggs were in reality the most intensively produced battery eggs you could get. But as all the paperwork and labels stated otherwise it was under EU diktats not up for any kind of proper investigation otherwise.

    Because we are locked into these EU dictats the only powers available to the FSA for testing involve them asking the perpetrators if THEY will carry out their own tests on their suspect products to see if they contain illegal material.

    The perpetrators don’t even have to comply if they do not wish to and the FSA can’t make them. I mean what firm involved in this illegal activity is going to make a noose for their own necks. They get to chose which samples they are going to test plus what those tests will be and also who will carry them out. Does anyone see a problem with this arrangement, the EU seemingly doesn’t?

    So therefore if an unscrupulous company is brazen enough to label a lasagne as containing 100% beef when they know full well it contains horse/dogs or whatever else more profitable ingredients they can add then they are hardly going to tell the truth in the accompanying official paperwork but our supposed protection agencies have to swallow whatever is printed there and you and me wind up swallowing the consequences.

    So far everyone involved claims to be squeaky clean and its always someone elses fault. The British blame the Romanians they blame the Poles they blame the French they blame ive forgotten who they blamed, but apparently no one is actually guilty of any wrong doing . All is now well though as the EU has decreed that 3 months of testing will be allowed everywhere. Of course when the 3 months is up is it back to business as usual ?
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    Re: Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests

    Makes me wonder what we put in our mouths.

    Beside the health and fraud issue, how does this measure up to kosher standards?
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    Re: Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests

    Horses do not have split hooves . Giraffes on the other hand...

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    Re: Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests

    Well, the good news is that now that many Irishmen stopped eating horse meat, which apparently had affected their brains, some of them have come to their senses about Israel. At least it's a start:

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-pl...one-on-israel/
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    Re: Horsemeat scandal set to spur tougher EU food tests

    Well, the good news is that now that many Irishmen stopped eating horse meat, which apparently had affected their brains, some of them have come to their senses about Israel. At least it's a start:
    Horses for courses im afraid. Sinn Fein has long been up to its neck in blind support for anything anti Israel. Gerry Adams regularly visits his Palestinian 'comrades in arms' but hes very quiet about Sinn Feins past which is steeped in support for the nazis. The wartime leader of Gerrys party Sean Russell spent most of his efforts touring Hitlers Berlin planning a backdoor invasion of the UK via Ireland with the support of the IRA in exchange for Hitlers support for a united Ireland.

    Had Russell's trechery succeeded and knocked the UK out of the war then D Day could never have happened and the history of these islands would have been very different and very dark indeed.


    Sean Russell's statue in Dublin beheaded by anti-fascist activists, Dec 2004 The Simon Wiesenthal Centre statement about this statue says it all really "An enduring symbol of Ireland’s shame"
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