The National Food Administration (NFA) said it tested the steak, sold in the Ica Maxi supermarket in Sundsvall, following a consumer complaint. It added that the steak had been supplied by Nordwästdelikatesse, which had bought the meat from Tallhöjdens in Öxabäck.
NFA representative Karin Cerenius said that it was “impossible” at this stage to identify which country the horsemeat had come from, because Tallhöjdens had inadequate traceability procedures. However, the NFA has launched an investigation into the source of the meat.
According to local press, Tallhöjden’s head of sales Johan Sahlin claimed the meat had been imported from Poland and was labelled as beef. It is understood that the product was also sold to a pizzeria.