Horsemeat: Europe sees 50,000t beef recall

Around 50,000 tonnes of beef is being recalled from across Europe, due to concerns that it might contain horsemeat.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) explained that about 370 different companies across Europe, as well as 130 in the Netherlands, had been affected by the recall.

A statement from the NVWA did say that there were no concrete indications of a risk to public health and the Dutch authorities had begun a large-scale investigation into the country’s meat industry.

The BBC reported the meat as being supplied by the Dutch trading companies Wiljo Import en Export B.V. and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten.

Meanwhile, it was reported on 6 April that Dutch officials suspected dog meat was used in meatballs produced in Spain, but sold in Amsterdam.

The investigation was brought about over a year ago, when the owner of an animal shelter raised concern over animal remains being used for meat by a disposal company.