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Dutch search 100 businesses for horsemeat: Official

Published on Feb 15, 2013 6:00 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Dutch government's food and consumer watchdog has searched and carried out tests for horsemeat at around 100 businesses, as Europe's tainted beef scandal deepens, a top official said on Thursday.

Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Sharon Dijksma said officials of the Dutch Food and Goods Authority (NVWA) probed unnamed businesses across the country, taking samples from ground beef and other foods which contained meat products.

"It is unacceptable that consumers are deliberately being misled by those using it to their own advantage," Dutch news agency ANP quoted her as saying.

Ms Dijksma said NVWA officials also checked the labelling on meat products at 40 businesses.

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