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UPDATE 1-Poland finds horse DNA in beef at three warehouses

(Adds comment of Polish IKEA spokeswoman) WARSAW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Polish authorities found evidence of horse DNA in beef stored at three storage facilities after several countries pointed to Poland as one of the sources of tainted meat that has shaken the European food industry. Poland's General Veterinary Inspectorate said in a statement late on Wednesday it found three tainted samples from 121 tested, with 80 more to be examined.

S.Africa to probe donkey meat scandal

South Africa has launched an "urgent" investigation into how unlabelled donkey, water buffalo and goat got into meat products sold in supermarkets. The cabinet requested the probe after reports had created "alarm and panic" after the irregular ingredients were revealed in an university study. "We will probably begin with the retailers themselves," acting National Consumer Commission commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed told journalists. "All in the supply chain can be held responsible and all will be subject to this investigation."

Poland finds signs of horse meat at three warehouses

WARSAW, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Polish authorities found signs of horse DNA in beef stored at three storage facilities after several countries pointed to Poland as one of the sources of tainted meat that has shaken up the European food industry. Officials in Ireland, Britain, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic have reported that products such as burgers and lasagne contained horsemeat that originated from facilities in Poland.

Russia finds horsemeat in sausages

Russia said Wednesday it had found horsemeat in a shipment of pork sausages imported from Austria in its first known case of horsemeat contamination as the scandal spread further across Europe. "Tests on a shipment of Frankfurter sausages found the DNA of horses, chicken, cattle and soya," Russia's agricultural watchdog said in a statement. Photographs published on the website of the agricultural watchdog showed the plastic-packed sausages labelled "Frankfurter", with the producer named as Landhof in Linz and the importer named as a Moscow-based company.

Russia finds horsemeat in sausages

Russia said Wednesday it had found horsemeat in a shipment of pork sausages imported from Austria in its first known case of horsemeat contamination as the scandal spread further across Europe. "Tests on a shipment of Frankfurter sausages found the DNA of horses, chicken, cattle and soya," Russia's agricultural watchdog said in a statement. Photographs published on the website of the agricultural watchdog showed the plastic-packed sausages labelled "Frankfurter", with the producer named as Landhof in Linz and the importer named as a Moscow-based company.

Russia finds horsemeat in sausages

Russia said Wednesday it had found horsemeat in a shipment of pork sausages imported from Austria in its first known case of horsemeat contamination as the scandal spread further across Europe. "Tests on a shipment of Frankfurter sausages found the DNA of horses, chicken, cattle and soya," Russia's agricultural watchdog said in a statement. Photographs published on the website of the agricultural watchdog showed the plastic-packed sausages labelled "Frankfurter", with the producer named as Landhof in Linz and the importer named as a Moscow-based company.

Sausages containing horsemeat found in Russia: official

Russia said Wednesday it had found horsemeat in a shipment of sausages imported from Europe, its first known case of horsemeat contamination. Alexei Alexeyenko, an aide to Sergei Dankvert, the head of Russian agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, said that tests on sausages imported from the city of Linz in Austria found horse DNA. "It came two days ago from Austria," Alexeyenko told AFP. "The shipment is over 20 tonnes," he said, adding that the enterprise that supplied the meat had been struck off the list of suppliers.

Study finds donkey meat in S.African burgers

Unlike Europeans, South Africans do not unwittingly eat horse in their beef burgers and sausages, but they do eat donkey, water buffalo and goat according to a study by the Stellenbosch University. Over two thirds of meat products tested contained undeclared ingredients, according to a recent research study, prompted by revelations about food production in Europe.

Ikea meatball producer finds no horsemeat in products

The producer of Swedish furniture giant Ikea's trademark meatballs said Tuesday it had found no horsemeat in the product in which Czech authorities claim to have discovered traces of equine DNA. "Out of 320 tests performed in the last three weeks, none contain horsemeat," said the chief executive of Dafgaard, Ulf Dafgaard. In addition to testing the ingredients used, the contents of products that were ready to be sold had been analysed by the company and by an external laboratory, he added. "We continue to perform further tests," Dafgaard said in a statement.

EU has open mind on origin labelling as members push for horsemeat action

The European Commission said Monday it has an open mind when it comes to place of origin labels on prepared foods as several member states pushed for the measure to help combat the horsemeat for beef scandal. EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg nonetheless said an EU report into the labelling issue -- which was in the works before the crisis broke -- would be brought forward three months so member states could review it earlier.
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