Horse meat found in Estonian and Lithuanian products

  • 2013-04-10

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RIGA - The Food and Veterinary Service has received information from the British laboratory "Genon Laboratories LTD" on the 41 beef samples sent from Latvia.

"Genon Laboratories LTD" has found horse meat in four of them.

Horse meat traces have been found in "Parmesan" sausages produced by the Estonian company "NOO Cepeskungs” and "Exclusive" sausages from the Lithuanian company "Grimeda."

The Food and Veterinary Service has recalled "Parmesan" sausages from Latvia's stores, Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere informs.

"Genon Laboratories LTD" findings indicate that "Exclusive" sausages contain 9 percent of horse meat, "Parmesan" sausages - 10 percent.

Horse meat was also found in "Sauteta liellopu gala" canned beef produced by the Latvian company "Kursu zeme" and kupati sausages from another Latvian company - "Forevers". "Sauteta liellopu gala" contains 15.6 percent of horse meat, "Forevers" kupati sausages - 4 percent.

"Kursu zeme" and "Forevers" have stopped distributing these products. "Exclusive" sausages are also no longer available in stores.

The Food and Veterinary Service will report its findings to the European Commission's Early Warning System and the respective services in neighbor states.