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Horsemeat in ‘beef’ products: European Commission summarises progress

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THE European Commission has published a summary of the issues identified after the horsemeat in ‘beef’ products scandal erupted in January last year and the actions that have been taken to address them.

In the summary, the Commission notes that the finding that horsemeat was being passed off as beef exposed the complex nature of a globalised food supply chain. ‘The evidence gathered did not point to a food safety or public health issue, but rather to an issue of fraudulent labelling,’ it says; ‘It demonstrated that fraudsters were taking advantage of weaknesses in the system to the detriment of both legitimate businesses and consumers.’

The findings led to a …

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