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Finnish tests find no horse meat sold as beef

By Joe Whitworth+

22-Jul-2014
Last updated on 22-Jul-2014 at 09:24 GMT

No products containing horse meat not listed on the product packaging have been found after an investigation in Finland.

The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) analysed 50 food samples collected from the market for horse meat.

A control project in May-June this year was part of tests in all EU countries, following sampling recommendations from the European Commission.

The food products analysed included chopped and minced meat, meat preparations, such as kebab meat and hamburgers, and meat products, such as sausages, whole meat products and meat balls.

Samples were collected from retail stores, places serving food, wholesale shops, storehouses and manufacturers‘ premises.

Sixteen of the products were produced abroad and 34 were produced in Finland.

"This is what the results should be. Consumers should be able to trust that the meat used as an ingredient in a product is from the species of animal stated on the packaging label and that the product contains no other meats," said Jussi Peusa, senior inspector at Evira.

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