BUDAPEST Feb 26 Horse meat labelled as beef has
been sold in Hungary, the National Food Chain Safety Office
(Nebih) said on Tuesday.
Gyorgy Pleva, director of Nebih told television channel TV2
that the authorities were looking into three separate cases of
suspected horse meat found at the retail and wholesale level.
"Horse meat certainly got into (shops)," he said, adding
that all the shipments investigated by the authority took place
Horse meat has been found in beef products across Europe in
recent weeks, damaging confidence in the continent's vast and
complex food industry.
A small amount of hamburger meat containing horse meat was
sold last summer in a Hungarian restaurant, Pleva said, without
disclosing the origin of the product.
The Hungarian distributor of food brand Nowaco will withdraw
a lasagne product in a few days, which is suspected of
containing horse meat, he added.
"What we can say is that even if there is such a product,
that will be taken off from the shelves within days," he said.
DNA tests in the Czech Republic have shown that two batches
of frozen Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese in a branch of the Tesco
supermarket chain contained horse meat, and authorities
said the products listed Luxembourg as the country of origin.
Pleva said another lasagne product, which was made in
Hungary, was also being probed based on a report from Denmark,
the intended destination of the product. He did not clarify
whether this product got into Danish shops and could not
immediately be reached for further comment.
(Reporting by Sandor Peto; editing by Jane Baird)