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FVS finds horse meat in Lithuanian and Estonian products

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The Food and Veterinary Service (FVS) has received information from the British Genon Laboratories Ltd. that 4 out of 41 samples of bovine meat products contain horse meat.

Author: FVS homepageAs reported by FVS representative Ilze Meistere, the service has requested the removal of Estonian AS Nõo Lihatööstus‘ (Latvian label – Noo Cepeškungs) produced sausages Parmesan from circulation.

Laboratory tests confirm: Lithuanian Grimeda company’s Exclusive sausage contains 9% of horse meat, Estonian Nõo Lihatööstus‘s produced Parmesan sausage contains 10% horse meat.

Latvian Kuršu zeme produced canned meat contains 15.6% horse meat, while Forevers produced meat product contains 4% horse meat.

Products of Kuršu zeme and Forevers that were concluded to contain horse meat are not available for purchase – their distribution was halted by those companies. Grimeda‘s batch of Exclusive sausages was also taken from circulation. The FVS will be informing the European Commission’s Early Warning System and monitoring services of neighbouring countries.

Given the results of laboratory tests, the FVS will be closely monitoring other products of Grimeda and Nõo Lihatööstus. Samples of other products of theses companies will be tested for horse meat as well.

FVS expects to receive results for 7 more samples. This includes the response from Kuršu zeme in regard to test results of the samples taken from the raw meat from Poland. If results state that the proportion of horse meat in the sample exceeds 1%, the FVS will inform the Polish Food Monitoring Service about this.

As previously reported, FVS had uncovered suspicious activities with horse meat at Forevers meat processing plant on February 27. Aibi slaughterhouse had been supplying the company with horse meat disguised as bovine meat. FVS had also uncovered violations at Viļumene, and tow other slaughterhouses – both had not provided information about horse meat on their products’ labels.

Shortly after – March 1 – Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service blocked the trade of canned meat produced by Kuršu zeme and Rezekne meat processing plant.

Following an application from FVS, the State Police has initiated inspections in regard to possible fraud – not stating the use of horse meat on the product’s label.

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