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Romania finds horsemeat in beef batch

Published on Feb 21, 2013 6:33 AM

BUCHAREST (REUTERS) - Horsemeat labelled as beef has been found in Romania in products set to be sold locally, an agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday.

A scandal which has triggered recalls of ready-made meals and damaged confidence in Europe's vast and complex food industry, erupted last month when tests carried out in Ireland revealed that some beef products also contained horsemeat.

An investigation has identified a French meat-processing firm as the likely culprit in the row that has implicated traders and abattoirs from Cyprus to Romania.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu was quoted by state news agency Agerpres as saying veterinary and animal health authority has tracked down a batch of 100kg of horsemeat "falsely labelled as beef by a Bucharest trader".

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