Since January everything from lasagna to burgers, meatloaf to meatballs has been pulled from shelves across Eastern and Western Europe in what appears to be the biggest food scandal of the century.
Now, new information has surfaced that indicates that last June, an Irish meat processing plant found remnants of horse protein in beef products that originated in Poland, but the company failed to notify authorities.
According to the Mar. 14, Irish Times, “QK Meats had sourced supplies from 19 different Polish suppliers over a sustained period and stored the meat in QK Cold Stores, Nass. Based on its own risk assessment, it tested 15 consignments from 9 of the suppliers and found seven tested positive for equine DNA. “
The first positive result was on June 27th, 2012; so there was knowledge that equine product comingled with beef products six months prior to the scandal erupting.
QK Meats denies that any of “the material entered the food chain” even though they continued to use product from the Polish suppliers.
According to the Mar. 13, BBC News the most recent company to withdraw meat products is Tesco who has pulled its Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf, after” tests revealed it contained between 2% and 5% horsemeat.”
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