Germany’s horsemeat scam traced to Poland

February 24, 2013 | By More

BERLIN – Horsemeat found in beef products withdrawn from German shelves has been traced
to a supplier in Poland, newsweekly Spiegel reported on Sunday, citing European officials.

Spiegel said that beef products with traces of horse found in goulash sold by low-cost retailer
Aldi were produced by German firm Dreistern Konserven, which in turn bought its meat via a
dealer from Mipol, a Polish-based firm.

Dreistern Konserven acknowledged in a statement on its website that traces of horse DNA had
been discovered in its products but insisted it was merely a processing firm.

“Dreistern is not involved in slaughtering nor the chopping up of meat. It buys meat already
chopped up, either fresh or frozen, only from certified meat deliverers,” the statement said.

Nearly 50,000 jars of this goulash were delivered to Aldi, said Spiegel, citing information from
the European Union’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Spiegel also said another unnamed supplier in northern Poland had delivered some 20 tonnes
of meat worth 60,000 euros ($80,000) to German firm Vossko via a Danish dealer.

Vossko supplies Liechtenstein-based firm Hilcona, which in turn supplies German firm Gusto,
which manufactured beef tortelloni that was withdrawn from Austrian and German branches of
budget food firm Lidl after horsemeat was discovered.

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