While many journalists have jumped on the “curious meat eaters seek out horse meat” stories, here’s the real situation – burger patties sales in the UK are down 43%. Meantime, even IKEA’s swedish meatballs have been drawn into the horsemeat scandal, that continues to unfold.
The scandal first erupted last month after Irish authorities tested suspiciously cheap frozen beef patties and discovered they contained horse DNA.
It has since swept across Europe, prompting supermarkets in numerous countries to pull processed meat products from their shelves. The furor has raised concerns about the complex network of slaughterhouses and suppliers that handle food on its way to the dinner table, and the controls governing cross-border transportation of food.
The matter has already implicated some of the biggest food companies and meat producers in Europe, including Switzerland-based Nestlé SA, the largest food company by revenue, and Ireland’s ABP Food Group’s Silvercrest Foods.
“It’s quite clear we’re faced with a Europe-wide criminal activity,” said British farm minister Owen Paterson.
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