Horsemeat-Gate (II): No Fraud Committed in Romanian Abattoirs. Horsemeat Was Horsemeat

(Reuters) – Romania’s prime minister said on Monday any fraud over horsemeat sold as beef had not happened in his country and he was angered by suggestions it might have been.

The French and British governments have vowed to punish those found responsible for allowing horsemeat originating from Romania to be sold as beef. The British unit of frozen foods group Findus began recalling its beef lasagne last week on advice from its French supplier, Comigel, which said the questionable meat came from Romania.

“From all the data we have at the moment, there is no breach of European rules committed by companies from Romania or on Romanian territory,” Victor Ponta told a news conference. “I am very angry, to be honest.”

An initial French investigation revealed that the horsemeat ended up in Comigel’s Luxembourg factory, supplied by a French firm, and that a Dutch and Cypriot trader had also been involved. However, the meat originally came from a Romanian abattoir.

Romania exports 10-12 million euros of horse meat a year, the Ziarul Financiar daily said, quoting agriculture ministry data, and authorities had investigated two unnamed abattoirs to check on their possible involvement.

“It is very clear that the French company did not have any direct contract with the Romanian company and … it has to be established where the fraud was committed and who is responsible for this fraud,” Ponta said.

More on this topic available HERE.

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3 Responses to Horsemeat-Gate (II): No Fraud Committed in Romanian Abattoirs. Horsemeat Was Horsemeat

  1. allaraphael says:

    I believe these companies buying the “beef/horse meat” know exactly what they are buying, but they will not try and blame it on those they are buying it from. Terrible.

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