Horsemeat scandal reverberates across Europe

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The Romanian horsemeat used in French-supplied frozen 'beef' products 'appeared to be a fraud', France’s consumer affairs minister said on the 10 February 2013, as the horsemeat scandal that erupted the previous week in the United Kingdom reverberated across the continent.

France’s biggest supermarket chains removed more of their own-label and Findus-branded processed dishes from their shelves. Some Findus lasagne products tested in the UK were found to contain more than 60% horsemeat.

Investigations revealed a tortuous supply chain spanning several countries, with the companies involved scrambling to shift the blame away from themselves.

EU agriculture and food safety ministers discussed the horsemeat scandal that had reportedly affected up to 16 countries on the 13 February 2013.

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BBC News, 10.02.13: Horsemeat scandal: Focus switches to Romania
France24, 10.02.13: French retailers pull Findus amid horsemeat scandal
Reuters, 12.02.13: France, Britain promise punishment in horsemeat scandal, 11.02.13: Food inspectors investigate Dutch role in horse meat scandal
EUObserver, 11.02.13: Horsemeat scandal widens to France, Sweden, Romania
France24, 11.02.13: French cabinet in emergency horsemeat talks
Deutsche Welle,08.02.13: Horsemeat ready meals prompt European food recall
EurActiv, 12.02.13: EU ministers to meet over horsemeat concerns
România libera / Adevărul, 11.02.13: Meat scandal puts Bucharest back in the pillory (via PressEurop)
Ireland: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Press Release, 12.02.13: Coveney announces further actions to reassure consumers as horse meat controversy becomes European issue,68739,en.html
UK: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food and farming: Food: Food labelling: Processed beef products and horse meat (News and background)
EFSA: Press Release, 11.02.13: Horsemeat in the EU food chain
BBC News, 13.02.13: Horsemeat scandal: EU ministers hold crisis talks
EurActiv, 13.02.13: EU debates tighter food labelling rules after horsemeat scandal
European Commission: RAPID: MEMO/13/97: Statement by Commissioner Borg on the findings of horse meat in meat products containing different type of meat
European Commission: DG Health and Consumer Protection: Food safety: Regulatory Committees: Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health
Ireland: EU Presidency: Press Release, 11.02.13: Irish Presidency convenes informal meeting with interested parties on horse meat issue
Deutsche Welle, 13.02.13: European horse meat scandal gallops on
Spiegel Online International, 13.02.13: Dead Animals 'Go Interrailing': Horsemeat Scandal Is a Europe-Wide Problem

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