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· France traces all suspect Polish beef, says some already sold
· Suspect Polish beef imported into Czechia, investigation underway
· Poland admits selling suspect beef as EU partners destroy meat
· Closed Polish abattoir sent meat to 13 EU countries
France traces all suspect Polish beef, says some already sold
via Yahoo! - February 2, 2019
Paris (AFP) - France's agriculture ministry said Saturday it had traced the remainder of the suspect Polish beef imported into the country, adding that some of it had been sold to consumers.
"The remaining 145 kilos have been identified in lots prepared by wholesalers, butchers or restaurants," a statement said.
In total France imported 795 kg (1,750 pounds) of the meat from a Polish slaughterhouse where allegedly sick cows were butchered. Five hundred kilos were found and destroyed earlier and 150 kilos sold to consumers with the remaining 145 kilos unaccounted for until Saturday.
A ministry official told AFP that some of the remaining 145 kilos had already been sold.
"What is complicated is that the 145 kilos were mixed with meat of other origin" by a wholesaler.
"At this stage a few dozen restuarants and butchers' shops are concerned mainly in the Paris region," a statement said.
French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume has said...
Suspect Polish beef imported into Czechia, investigation underway
Brian Kenety, Czech Radio
Beef from a Polish abattoir accused of handling sick cows was imported into the Czech Republic, Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman (Social Democrats) said on Friday.
In total about 300 kilos of meat from an abattoir near Ostrow Mazowiecka in north-eastern Poland was brought into the country. It has not been determined how much of the beef is fit for consumption.
Covert filming at the abattoir broadcast early this week by Polish station TVN 24 showed cows too sick to stand...
Poland admits selling suspect beef as EU partners destroy meat
via France24 - 02/02/2019
Several EU countries on Friday seized and destroyed suspect beef from a Polish slaughterhouse where allegedly sick cows were butchered, as French authorities said 150 kg of the meat had already been sold to customers.
Warsaw has attempted to reassure affected countries and says the meat does not pose a health risk.
Poland's chief veterinarian Pawel Niemczuk confirmed that 2.7 tonnes of the suspect beef was exported, while the European Commission said the meat was traced to 13 member states where it was being withdrawn and destroyed.
The scare recalls a 2013 scandal in which horsemeat was passed off as beef and used in ready-to-eat meals sold across Europe.
Brussels will send a team of auditors to Poland to assess the situation on the spot, said Anca Paduraru, a spokeswoman for the European Commission.
French authorities said 795 kilogrammes of beef from the slaughterhouse - which has now been closed - had been imported. More than 500 kilogrammes have already been seized and destroyed, said France's Directorate General of Food.
Around 150 kilogrammes, however, had been "sold to the consumer notably through butcher's shops" which were now attempting to alert customers, an agriculture ministry said in a statement.
Attempts to track down the remaining meat were continuing.
French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said nine French companies had been "duped" into importing beef from the abattoir in Kalinowo, a village some 100 kilometres northeast of Warsaw.
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Closed Polish abattoir sent meat to 13 EU countries
By Joe Whitworth, Food Safety News by Marler Clark
February 2, 2019
Meat from a Polish slaughterhouse suspected of selling products from sick animals has been sent to at least 13 European countries.
The abattoir in Kalinowo near the town of Ostrów Mazowiecka was secretly filmed slaughtering sick cows by Polish broadcaster TVN. It showed slaughter was carried out at night to avoid official veterinary supervision.
The meat was labeled as inspected by a veterinarian before being sold to meat processing plants and companies in different countries. Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden are currently affected.
The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) in Romania named the Polish company responsible as Elkopol. The implicated Elkopol is headquartered in Kalinowo with approval number 14160202 and is not related to Elkopol Sp. z.o.o. in Warsaw or Płońsk.
At the request of the European Commission, Poland notified EU countries through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) that beef from the slaughterhouse has been transported to a Polish meat cutting plant and then exported to 11 EU countries.
Polish officials said...