France finds most horsemeat in EU DNA tests – EU sources

images-24 | April 16, 2013 | Charlie Dunmore

images-21BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France found more cases of illegal horsemeat in beef products than any other EU country, early results of DNA tests ordered in the wake of the scandal showed, with more than 1 in every 8 samples testing positive.

The European Commission is due to announce the results of the tests later on Tuesday, but EU sources said a progress report from the EU’s executive dated April 9 showed that of 353 tests carried out in France, 47 tested positive for horse DNA.

Europe’s horsemeat scandal has damaged confidence in parts of the continent’s food industry, hitting sales of processed ready-meals and boosting demand for organic produce.

The progress report only included complete data for 11 EU countries. Greece had the second-highest level of positive results with 288 tests yielding 36 positive results – a rate of 12.5 percent. Germany found horse DNA in 29 samples out of 867.

In Britain, where horsemeat has already been found in burgers and other products sold by retailers including Tesco, 150 official tests carried out as part of the EU-funded programme returned no positive results for horsemeat.

But one senior EU official said Britain had recorded the most positive results for the potentially harmful veterinary drug phenylbutazone – known as bute – as part of a second set of EU-wide tests on horsemeat destined for human consumption.

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  • Judy Wendt

    So glad neither myself nor my daughter ate meat in Europe. We had issues with being served veal and lamb and didn’t really think about eating beef, since we are vegetarian (left meat on our plates in restaurants, or passed it by at homes and said we were not hungry). On my next trip, I will be even more careful about what might be in those pasta and couscous dishes, and will question my French relatives about their diets.

    April 16, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    I believe that we get the picture and would like information about what we can do. I did access the Protect Mustangs site and the BML email addresses were at the site. I’ve contacted my representatives (including the governor) in Florida. What can we do to prevent those stockpiled horses from being shipped to Mexico & Canada for slaughter?

    April 16, 2013