* First sign of horse meat scandal reaching Moscow
* Russia considering "protective measures"
* Has clashed with EU over food imports before
(Adds official saying hot dogs came from Austria, protective
MOSCOW, Feb 27 Hot dogs tainted with horse meat
have been imported to Russia from the European Union, the
country's agricultural oversight agency said on Wednesday, in
the first concrete sign of the food mislabelling scandal
Horse DNA was found in a shipment delivered to the Moscow
region from Austria, and Russia was now considering taking
unspecified "protective measures", officials from the
Rosselkhoznadzor agency told media.
Russia has clashed with the EU, its biggest trading partner,
over food imports before.
It banned EU vegetable imports for months in 2011 over a
deadly E.coli outbreak in a move that the bloc called
The scandal over horse meat sold as beef erupted in Europe
last month, prompting product withdrawals, government
investigations and a cross-border blame game.
Russian officials said earlier this month they were
concerned processed foods containing horse meat might have been
re-exported to Russia and questioned food safety controls in
Tests conducted by the agency showed the hot dogs, labelled
as purely pork, also contained chicken DNA and soy,
Rosselkhoznadzor official Vera Makova told state television.
Experts would determine exactly where the hot dogs were made
and prohibit sales of products from that producer, Interfax
quoted Rosselkhoznadzor chief Sergei Dankvert as saying.
Russian officials also planned to take the "protective
measures" after speaking by phone to EU consumer protection
officials on Thursday, the news agency reported.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Andrew Heavens)