Horse meat scandal in the Netherlands again

This video says about itself:

Inside Story – Horsemeat scandal: Who is to be blamed?

15 feb 2013

Meat products from across Europe have been found to be contaminated with horse meat – it is a scandal that says a lot about modern eating habits and the desire for ever cheaper processed food. In some cases, ready meals like beef lasagne, were found to contain up to 99 percent horsemeat.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

New meat scandal in Netherlands

Wednesday 29 Jan 2014, 17:12 (Update : 29-01-14 , 17:21)

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has blocked sales of 690,000 kilogram of beef because it may contain horse meat. This is from the slaughterhouse Van Hattem Vlees in Dodewaard which is stored in cold-storage warehouses.

According to the NVWA the administration of the company is not correct. The company’s papers are still unclear about in which “beef” horse meat was processed and exactly where that meat is stored. Furthermore, it seems that more horses are supplied than are slaughtered.

Until Monday

The NVWA gives the company until Monday to show where the meat comes from. If they fail, then the company will be closed down and meat from the slaughterhouse will be removed from the market, as far as possible.

The company supplied meat to the supermarkets Deka, Dane and Vomar. And it exports to other countries.

Last year, 50 million kilogram of meat was recalled from meat trader Willy Selten in Oss. Then as well, horse meat snippets had been included in beef without the label saying so.

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9 thoughts on “Horse meat scandal in the Netherlands again

  1. You never know the source of meat, as you are aware in Ireland horses and their disappearance believed to be slaughtered for human consumption, the horses were bred in the money good times of Ireland, and the economic collapse, the horses abandoned, if so is not a good reflection of the Irish consciousness.
    I suggest those who eat meat wean or diminish eating this type of food.
    I will not list the advantages of vegetarianism.


  2. Van Hattem roept vlees terug

    maandag 3 feb 2014, 21:34 (Update: 03-02-14, 21:56)

    Slachterij Van Hattem BV in Dodewaard heeft alle partijen paardenvlees en producten waarin paardenvlees zou kunnen zitten, teruggeroepen bij de afnemers. Het gaat om vlees van dieren die sinds januari 2012 zijn verwerkt.

    De slachterij kwam in opspraak omdat er volgens de voedsel- en warenautoriteit NVWA mogelijk paardenvlees in rundvleesproducten was gestopt.

    Het bedrijf ontkent dat er is gesjoemeld, maar erkent dat er wel onduidelijkheid is over wat er met bepaalde paarden is gebeurd. Het gaat om paarden die werden aangevoerd, maar niet geschikt werden bevonden voor de slacht, omdat ze niet gezond waren. De NVWA en Van Hattem onderzoeken waar die dieren zijn gebleven.

    In afwachting daarvan is uit voorzorg alle vlees waarin paard zou kunnen zitten, teruggeroepen. Het bedrijf heeft ook aan een andere eis van de NVWA voldaan: het heeft allerlei administratie over geslachte dieren in de betreffende periode overlegd. De NVWA denkt een paar dagen nodig te hebben om de papieren te onderzoeken.

    Van Hattem BV zegt overigens dat er al een jaar geen paarden meer worden geslacht.

    De slachterij staat onder verscherpt toezicht. Er mag alleen worden geslacht onder toezicht van een dierenarts en een inspecteur van de NVWA.


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