Source: News UK
The horse meat scandal in EU continues to escalate. It’s feared up to 16 EU
countries may be affected. In France, where seven supermarket chains have withdrawn all frozen beef meals made by Findus and Comigel, an initial investigation has found that horsemeat sold as beef originated from Romanian slaughterhouses, before being sold to a Dutch food trader, then on to a Cypriot trader and on again to a French firm.
Following a meeting with EU ministers, Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: "This is a Europe-wide issue that needs a Europe-wide solution." The UK's Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says he suspects "a criminal international conspiracy".
Patterson has attended talks in Brussels on the scandal with ministers from the Irish Republic, France, Romania, Luxembourg, Sweden and Poland. At the meeting, ministers decided to call for EU-wide, random DNA tests to ensure the authenticity of meat labeling, as well as deciding that horsemeat should be tested for phenylbutazone.
Read more and view interactive map of the horse meat trading / travel routes throughout EU: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21335872