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Horsemeat scandal spreads to Germany

14 February 2013

A German supermarket chain has announced it is removing frozen lasagne from its shelves, following the detection of horsemeat in frozen lasagne. 

The Real supermarket chain has withdrawn TiP frozen lasagne, while other German retailers, including Tengelmann and Rewe, are also checking processed beef products in its stores.

Meanwhile, a number of British MPs have described the Government’s response to the horsemeat scandal as ‘flat-footed’, calling for more intense product testing to reassure the public. The Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said that if criminals were illegally passing off horsemeat as beef they were unlikely to be applying adequate hygiene standards.

The committee said elements of the food industry have ‘cynically and systematically duped’ consumers in a bid to achieve financial gain. In a report, it stated: "We recommend that the government and FSA undertake a broader spectrum of testing for products found to have the highest levels of contamination... to provide assurances that there is no other non-bovine DNA or any other substances that could be harmful to human health present."


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