Date: Sunday, 10-February-2013, 0:30 AM | Message # 1
Beef infected with horsemeat has been taken off the supermarket shelves but the crisis remains on the European political agenda. In London on Saturday the British government held an emergency meeting to discuss the scandal determined it says to find answers.
It has emerged a French firm, Spanghero supplying horsemeat passed off as beef to British shops was at the centre of a major E.coli scare 20 months ago.
The bacteria can cause potentially fatal food poisoning. It is one of two French companies under investigation.
Frozen ready meal producer, Findus says horsemeat has been discovered in its beef lasagne. The British Food Standards Agency says Findus has carried out tests on 18 of its beef lasagne products and that they contained between 60 and 100 per cent horsemeat.
Vets are concerned that the anti-inflammatory drug bute, given to horses and harmful to humans, may enter the foodchain.