Denmark toughenes check of ready meals amid horsemeat row

Denmark toughenes check of ready meals amid horsemeat row
# 14 February 2013 20:58 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Denmark's food security authorities have called an emergent check of ready meals on sale in all supermarkets as Europe's horse meat scandal spreads out, APA reports.

In an official statement released on Wednesday, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mette Gjerskov said that the national food authorities will inspect all supermarkets to ensure that stores have pulled risk products off shelves and she has called for an overall examination of scandal-related ready meals in supermarkets.

The move is a response by the Danish government to the growing horse meat scandal in Europe. Following the reports last week that some of Findus frozen beef lasagnes contained up to 100 percent horsemeat, the Danish supermarkets have already withdrawn the suspicious products, and samples have been sent for analysis.

"Fortunately, We have not found that there is any horse meat component in foods from Danish supermarkets, but it's important that we go extra thorough approach when we see cases like this, so that Danish consumers are not cheated, " said Gjerskov in the statement.

"It is totally unacceptable that consumers get beef lasagnes that contain horse meat. I hope that the fraudsters are seized and brought to court," she told local media.

Danish grocery wholesaler SuperGros has sent samples to the food authorities for analysis, but the results will not be available until next week. Therefore, it is still too early to conclude whether there has been horsemeat in lasagnes at the Danish market, said Per Thau, purchasing director of SuperGros.

The scandal first broke out in January when routine tests by Irish authorities discovered horsemeat in beef burgers made by firms in Ireland and Britain and sold in supermarket chains including Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Flexi Food Ltd, a meat distributor in Britain owned by the Danish firm Flexi Food Holding ApS, is suspected by British food authorities of illegally selling horsemeat.

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