February 15, 2013
EU member states plan to start testing immediately for horse DNA in processed beef foods and to detect an illegal medicinal drug in horsemeat.
The decision came at a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain, focused on the horsemeat scandal involving 12 European states.
Horse DNA has been found in numerous processed beef frozen meals.
French supplier Spanghero apologised to UK consumers over the horsemeat, but denied selling it deliberately.
Norway and Austria are the latest two European countries to find horsemeat being sold as beef, discovering it in ready-to-eat meals.
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