26 persons arrested for horse meat trafic

After two years of investigation in 7 European Countries, Eurojust and the state of France have succeeded to arrest all the persons involved in the 2013 criminal horse meat trafic, including the leader of the criminal network. The arrested persons were originated mainly from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The inquiry has been started 5 years ago in Belgiumn but most of the trafic was located in south of France, where the horses have been slaughtered.

According to Eurojust, between 2010 and 2013, 4 700 horses have been illegally slaughtered and introduced in the food chain. Some prohibited medication were found in this meat.

Since the horse meat scandal has raised in 2003, genetic tests have been done randomly everywhere in Europe. According to the EU Commission, 5% of the meat labelled "beef" is in reality horse meat.

More on http://eurojust.europa.eu/press/PressReleases/Pages/2015/2015-04-24.aspx

and http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/nord-pas-de-calais/2015/04/25/un-trafic-de-viande-de-cheval-demantele-712339.html

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Horse Meat Scandal: the dutch wholesaler sentenced to 2,5 years jail

Willy Selten, the boss of two companies involved in the 2013 Horse Meat Scandal was judged for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horse meat labelled as beef.

The wholesaler has been recognised guilty of forging invoices, labels and written declarations and using these forged documents to trade meat. 33 examples of false accounts, including at least one statement where meat was processed as "100 percent beef" were found.

More on http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0407/692547-horse-meat/

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Pig and poultry Meat labelling: the EU Parliament asked for more transparency and voted against the Commission's proposal

Today, the EU parliament has rejected a EU Commission's proposal aiming to add for pork meat and poultry meat a mandatory labelling on the Country of rearing.

MEPs expressed themselves in favor of a better labelling, but considered the Commission's proposal is a way to avoid for pork, goat, sheep and poultry meat a EU strict complete labelling as it has been done in 2002 for beef meat. MEPs therefore call on the Commission to withdraw the regulation and to draw up a revised version which includes a mandatory place of birth, rearing and slaughter labelling for those meats, in line with the existing beef origin labelling legislation.

Official Press release: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20140205IPR35028/html/Country-of-origin-labelling-rules-for-pigs-and-poultry-need-beefing-up-say-MEPs

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France: new horsemeat scandal, 21 people arrested

On December 16th, 21 people have been arrested by the French police, for having taking part in a big horsemeat trafic. The meat came from horses used in laboratories. They were bought for a very low price and sold as beef. The scandal came from the fact that the horses were used for toxicologic tests and consequently were unfit for humane comsumption.

More information on http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/scandale-de-la-viande/20131216.OBS9643/viande-de-cheval-ce-que-l-on-sait-du-nouveau-scandale.html

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Switzerland: Ask for more consumer awareness for beef meat

A recent survey of the swiss animal protection (PSA) has shown that half of the swiss citizen are not aware of breeding conditions of cattle. A third of them are mislead by advertisments showing cattle in the grass, and do not know that the animals are often spending their all life indoor.

More information on http://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/nouvelles_agence/international/Consommateurs_de_viande_mal_informes_sur_les_conditions_delevage.html?cid=37366272

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Beefburgers adulterated with other types of meat: need for a transparent set of rules on traceability in the food preparations sector for consumers

3 February 2013    
E-001557-13
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)

Continue reading Beefburgers adulterated with other types of meat: need for a transparent set of rules on traceability in the food preparations sector for consumers

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