Dutch horsemeat sold as beef for two years


The Local (Germany’s English Newspaper), April 11, 2013

(Note – Most of the 50,000 Tons of meat from this recall have already been sold and consumed – on the market since 2011! – Jerry)

49083Over 100 German food retailers have been buying horsemeat falsely labelled as beef from a Dutch abattoir before selling it on to the public, Germany’s Consumer Ministry confirmed on Thursday.

State authorities are trying to get all of the products off the shelves while carrying out a full investigation. The Netherlands-based slaughter house has sold 50,000 tonnes of horse labelled as beef for at least two years, Dutch foodstandards officials said on Wednesday.

At least 124 German butchers, meat dealers and food companies in all states except for Bremen and Sauerland bought horse from the distributor in question, which delivered to 370 retailers across Europe, Der Spiegel reported.

Dutch authorities have called back any remaining meat which, they said, posed no health risks. The abattoir, Willy Selten, has been shut down.

The Local/jcw 

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    Well, you know what I don’t feel sorry for them this is what happens if you endorse horse slaughter, corrupt!!! I mean I do for the innocent people but my goodness they need to stop slaughtering horses is it not obvious enough??

    April 11, 2013
  • Laurel

    We know that all who participate in equine slaughter are cruel, unscrupulous and liars. Why would we expect a moral business ethic when dealing with such people.
    If horse slaughter re-opens in USA, you can bet that WE will have contaminated beef.

    April 11, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Really makes me think about our beef industry here in the US and their possible motives for supporting horse slaughter. Where they hoping to disguise horse meat as beef too?

    April 11, 2013
  • Law Suit..Law Suit ..Law Suit..I have quit eating red meat..dont trust the sellers and I am 100% against Eating Trigger and Silver

    April 11, 2013
  • Margaret

    I feel badly for the innocent folks who bought this unknowingly. It could’ve been me. But I will never understand how or why food distributors allowed this to happen.

    And our own USDA really has their heads buried in the sand if they think horsemeat hasn’t landed here yet. If it happened all over Europe it’s happened here.

    I also feel badly for Jewish folk who got taken in by this.

    Thankfully I’ve read many advocates who keep encouraging going at least vegetarian if not vegan. Rather than berate they encourage. So this carnivore is trying new things and finding lots to like vegetarian! I mean I actually buy vegetables! And I eat them quite happily too!

    If you’re like me and don’t really like vegetables–o you like French fries? Try stir frying them. My game I play is this. I want enough oil to fry my veggies in but I don’t want oil soup. No more than 3 teaspoons of oil for a big helping of veggies.

    And don’t forget spices are legal too!

    One thing I found is I don’t like beans–like in chili. Just too mushy for me. Guess what I found?! I can roast them. They still need work for the cardboard taste but I get the protein, the fiber and I maintained my vegetarian diet! It’s a winner!

    April 11, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      You’re fast becoming the best advocate for veggies and ally for all the animals that a cow and a pig and a chicken and a turkey could ever want, Margaret. You go, girl!

      Fry away and roast away — ‘cuz you’re harming NO ONE, and that’s the best feeling when you lay your head on your pillow every night, huh?

      It’s really nice to hear that you feel “encouraged” rather than “berated.” After all, compassion isn’t containable — isn’t confinable to JUST humans or to JUST nonhumans, but is unlimited, and ripples out naturally to embrace all beings who love their lives (or deserve to have lives they love!).

      I’m an organic French fries fan myself! I’ll try roasting my baked beans, which I love to eat with Lightlife SmartDogs (yummy vegan hotdogs that you can smother in ketchup, relish, mustard, onions, and whatever your big heart fancies). Once you get accustomed to SmartDogs (in maybe a week or two), you’ll swear they have the taste, texture, and smell of hotdogs! 🙂

      P.S. Same kudos to Veggie Peggy!

      P.P.S. I agree with everyone else’s comments here, especially Laurel’s on-target adjective “unscrupulous.”

      April 11, 2013
  • I dislike the kind of morals that says sell horsemeat as beef, how do you expect morals from corrupt and cowardly humans.

    April 11, 2013
  • After reading of the horesmeat fiasco,watching a video of pigs crammed into small gestation stalls,watching baby piglets slammed on to cement floors to kill them,their tails being cut off and their testicles being ripped off with any type of medications, I have decided to become a vegatarian. I know it will be hard after eating meat all of my life. But their is just to much cruelty to animals. I will be sarching for healthy vegatarian menus.

    April 11, 2013
  • sherriey

    gee….they sure are getting their panties in a wad over a meat thats ‘NOT HARMFUL TO HUMANS’……

    April 11, 2013
  • That should have read baby piglets haveing their tails cut off and their testicles ripped off without any pain numbing medication and thrown into a pile with other tortured baby piglets. This video can be viewed on Mercy for Animals.

    April 11, 2013
  • Sue Wallis Lies

    Posed no health risks? Are they nuts? Do they really think they know where all that meat came from. I bet a bunch of it came from Mexico and Canada who butcher U.S. horses who are full of toxic drugs. Safe meat? Ha! Think again you idiots!

    April 11, 2013