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Irish firm at centre of horsemeat scandal quits burger market

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish company at the centre of a scandal in Europe over horsemeat in beef products, said on Thursday it is leaving the frozen burger market after selling the factory where burgers containing horse DNA were first discovered. The scandal, which has damaged confidence in parts of the industry and hit sales of processed ready-meals, erupted in January when inspectors found beef burgers produced by Irish company ABP Foods on the shelves of Tesco contained 29 percent horse meat.

Dutch court rejects bid to halt mass meat recall

A Dutch court on Thursday rejected a bid by a meat wholesaler to quash an order recalling 50,000 tonnes of beef potentially contaminated with horsemeat. "The court rejects the request for a preliminary injunction," on Dutch food authority NVWA's recall of meat handled by Willy Selten, judge Reinier van Zutphen said at the commercial court in The Hague. Businessman Selten, allegedly a key player in Europe's horsemeat scandal, had sought to overturn the NVWA's order to recall all meat sold by the company over the last two years.

Dutch court rejects bid to halt mass recall of suspect meat

A Dutch court on Thursday rejected a bid by a meat wholesaler to quash an order recalling 50,000 tonnes of beef potentially contaminated with horsemeat. "The court rejects the request for a preliminary injunction," on Dutch food authority NVWA's recall of meat handled by Willy Selten, said judge Reinier van Zutphen. Businessman Selten, allegedly a key player in Europe's horsemeat scandal, had sought to overturn the NVWA's order to recall all meat sold by the company over the last two years.

EU tests show 1 in 20 beef meals tainted with horse

Thousands of DNA tests on European beef products have revealed extensive food fraud across the European Union, with almost one in 20 meals marketed as beef likely to be tainted with horse, the European Commission said Tuesday. Releasing the results of more than 4,000 tests in recent weeks to detect the potential mislabelling of beef products, the EU executive said 193 products contained positive traces of horsemeat DNA, or 4.55 percent.

Lawyers want Dutch court to nix massive meat recall

Lawyers representing a Dutch businessman suspected of involvement in Europe's meat scandal asked judges on Tuesday to quash an order forcing his company to recall thousands of tonnes of beef allegedly contaminated with horsemeat. Businessman Willy Selten's lawyer called last week's order by the Dutch food and consumer watchdog to recall thousands of tonnes of meat, sold by the company over the last two years, as "bizarre and bordering on the mass hysteria gripping the whole of Europe".

Lawyers want Dutch court to nix massive meat recall

Lawyers representing a Dutch businessman suspected of involvement in Europe's meat scandal, asked judges on Tuesday to quash an order forcing his company to recall thousands of tonnes of beef allegedly contaminated with horsemeat. Businessman Willy Selten's lawyer called last week's order by the Dutch food and consumer watchdog to recall thousands of tonnes of meat, sold by the company over the last two years, as "bizarre and bordering on the mass hysteria gripping the whole of Europe."

Up to 5% horsemeat in 'beef products': EU-wide DNA tests

Thousands of DNA tests on beef products across the European Union found up to 5.0 percent of horsemeat in beef products, the European Commission said Tuesday. The EU on February 15 ordered 2,250 DNA tests on prepared meals said to contain beef in the wake of a horsemeat scandal that hugely undermined consumer confidence in the food industry. It also ordered tests in horse carcasses for the potentially harmful horse drug phenylbutazone, or bute, which is banned from the human food chain.

EU-wide DNA tests show up to 5% horsemeat in beef products

Thousands of DNA tests on beef products across the European Union found the meals contained up to 5.0 percent of horsemeat, the European Commission said Tuesday. The EU on February 15 ordered 2,250 DNA tests on prepared meals said to contain beef in the wake of a horsemeat scandal that hugely undermined consumer confidence in the food industry. It also ordered tests in horse carcasses for the potentially harmful horse drug phenylbutazone, or bute, which is banned from the human food chain.

Italy finds 20 percent of beef samples contain horse meat

ROME (Reuters) - Tests on beef products in Italy have found that one in five contain more than 1 percent horse meat, the Italian Health Ministry said on Monday. Italy launched an inspection of the sector in response to the scandal of horse meat in products labelled as beef that has spread across Europe since January, prompting product withdrawals and worrying consumers.

Netherlands say it was late to recover most of 50,000 tons of beef recalled over concerns it may contain horsemeat

The Netherlands said today it was probably too late to recover most of 50,000 tonnes of beef recalled over concerns it may contain horsemeat because much of it probably has been eaten in the past two years.The meat, sold as beef but suspected of containing horsemeat, was shipped to 380 companies in the Netherlands and at least three other European Union member states between January 2011-January 2013, the Dutch food safety authority said.Some of the meat may be in frozen meals with long expiration dates still in supermarket freezers.The food authority fears the beef ma
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