Fabian Demicoli

Horsemeat: 2nd round of EU-wide DNA testing


A Commission Recommendation on a coordinated control plan to
carry out a series of DNA tests in EU Member States was endorsed yesterday by
experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain. This is the second
time the Commission is coordinating such a control plan to find out if
horsemeat is still being fraudulently added to products labelled as beef.

The
first round of testing that was carried out in 2013 revealed that approximately
4,6% of products sampled contained undeclared horsemeat. Although there have
not been any public health implications in connection with this food fraud,
there has been a very clear reaction from consumers following this scandal that
controls need to be stepped up. It will be up to each EU Member State to set up
their timetable. Testing will be carried out during the spring and the
Commission will collect and publish the results of these EU-wide tests by end
July 2014.

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