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Horsemeat scandal: hack and mince


Jul 19, 2021

The canned food producer "Dreistern" sees itself as a victim. Meanwhile, products with horse meat were also found in Switzerland. The SPD demands clarification.

Horses on the pasture, instead of in the can. Photo: dpa

The canned food manufacturer Dreistern in Neuruppin, which is affected by the horse meat scandal, does not currently consider any products other than the beef goulash it supplied to be contaminated. However, intensive investigations are still underway, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

The batches of beef stew produced by Dreistern-Konserven GmbH & Co. KG produced batches of beef goulash would all be recalled and subsequently destroyed. The company had six suppliers – four German, one Belgian and one Dutch. "We, too, are victims of label fraud. We are not perpetrators" stressed the spokeswoman.

In the beef goulash ("540g Omnimax", best-before date 05.11.2015) taken from the market, no horse meat had been found either, but only traces of horse DNA, she explained. The company had already previously pointed out that these traces "could have already occurred during meat processing through the use of shared slaughterhouses or transport containers." "We are searching at full speed for the possible source of contamination," the company spokeswoman said.

Via Liechtenstein to Munsterland

In the Europe-wide horsemeat scandal, another trail leads to Germany. The Liechtenstein partner of supermarket chain Lidl, the company Hilcona, said Monday that the raw material for the product "Combino Tortelloni Beef" had come from meat supplier Vossko in Munsterland, and that it contained undeclared horsemeat. The pasta dish had been removed from the shelves by the discounter Lidl on Friday.

The discounter Aldi Nord has also found horsemeat in ready meals. In "frozen penne Bolognese 750 g" and "goulash 540 g can, variety of beef" proportions of horsemeat had been detected, Aldi North announced in Essen on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Swiss supermarkets on Monday, seven products were taken off the shelves that are said to contain undeclared horsemeat. Here, too, the trail leads via the Liechtenstein company Hilcona to the German minced meat supplier Vossko.

SPD attacks Aigner

The SPD has demanded full clarification of the horsemeat scandal from German Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU). "Aigner must now finally ensure that horse and rider are named," SPD Secretary-General Andrea Nahles said in Berlin on Monday.

"She is the responsible minister. She must act." At the same time, she accused Aigner of having so far prevented precise designations of origin on foodstuffs. Because of the scandal, consumer ministers from the federal and state governments met this morning in Berlin

Because of the suspicion of undeclared horse meat, about 28,500 packages of frozen lasagna have been seized in Brandenburg so far, according to the Ministry of Consumer Protection. Laboratory results are not expected before Thursday.

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