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Horse Meat Again Found Labeled As ‘Beef’ In British Supermarkets

Horse meat again

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Horse meat [1] has once again been detected in “beef” products sold in Great Britain.

The British equivalent of the FDA — the Food Standards Agency (FSA) — discovered horse DNA in canned beef sold in discount stores in Northern Ireland and England. This is the second time in less than a year that horse meat [2] has been discovered in beef products in the United Kingdom.

“The FSA has been informed that a batch of canned sliced beef that was found to contain horse DNA has been removed from sale,” a press release noted. Inspectors discovered that cans of Food Hall Sliced Beef and Gravy contained 1 to 5 percent horse meat [3], British newspapers reported. The canned meat was yanked off the shelves as soon as the equine DNA was discovered.

The canned meat apparently came from Romania, which like Britain is part of the European Union. It was sold through Quality Save and Home Bargains, two chains of discount stores.

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The canned meat is only the latest round of what the British press is calling the “horse meat scandal [2].” As previously reported by Off The Grid News, early in 2013 tens of millions of burgers and other frozen products were yanked from shelves at some of Britain’s largest supermarkets after they were found to contain horse meat. There have also been rumors that dog meat [5] was sold at some British restaurants.

British Burger Kings

Horse meat was also found in some burgers for sale at Burger King in the United Kingdom. A recent investigation [6] by The Guardian newspaper shows how horse meat ends up in British kitchens.

Some of the details uncovered include:

The scandal earlier this year involved food sold at Tesco, Aldi and Findus.

A free trade deal that could bring horse meat to US?

The horse meat scandal should concern Americans because the Obama administration is negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [7] with the European Union. That’s a free trade deal that would allow the direct import of European food into the United States

As Off The Grid News recently reported, critics believe that this deal and another called the Trans-Pacific Partnership [8] could undermine food safety regulations in the United States. The terms of these deals could replace U.S. food regulations with the terms of the treaties.