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Horse DNA found in three meat processing plants in Poland

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Peter Gentle 28.02.2013 08:23
Following horse meat being found in Polish-made beef burgers in the Czech Republic, Poland's chief veterinarian has announced horse DNA has been detected in three meat processing plants.

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Horse DNA was detected in 3 out of 121 samples of meat in three different plants, in the Mazowia and Lodz provinces in central Poland and in the and Warmia-Mazury province in the north east.

Another 80 samples are currently being analysed, chief veterinarian Janusz Związek has told Polish Radio's IAR news agency.

He added that the source and amount of horse meat in the samples is now being determined.

“This is a very tedious process, so please be patient. We have lots of evidence,” he told Polish Radio.

The discovery of horse meat at Polish processing plants comes after a Czech distributor of beef burgers said that the Czech state veterinary association informed them that horse DNA had been detected in the products supplied to them by the FVZ Deli Meat plant in Lower Silesia in Poland, Polish Radio's thenews.pl revealed on Monday.

Three tonnes of meat were confiscated from the plant this week and is currently being analyzed.

The German Der Spiegel magazine also reported this week that traces of horse found in a ready-made goulash product at the low-cost retailer Aldi supermarket were produced by German firm Dreistern Konserven, after sourcing its meat from Mipol, a beef producer in southern Poland. (pg)

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Horse meat scandal hits Polish beef exports, thenews.pl, 28 Feb

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