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Horsemeat scandal spreads - crime suspected

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 01:29

Feb. 14 - Supermarkets in Sweden and Germany remove ''beef'' products from their shelves as the horsemeat scandal widens. A UK report into the scandal says discoveries so far are likely to be the ''tip of the iceberg.'' Ivor Bennett reports.

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Consumers ARE still shopping in the frozen food aisles of Sweden's supermarkets But like other parts of Euopre, there's now a lot less to choose from. Supermarket chains ICA and COOP have withdrawn beef lasagnes after tests revealed traces of horsemeat. The COOP's Lena Malm. (SOUNDBITE) (Swedish) PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCT SAFETY AT COOP, LENA MALM, SAYING: "We feel cheated in this case because someone has knowingly cheated with this ingredient and that's not fair. Neither to us nor to the consumer." The scandal has reached Germany too, with supermarket chain Real also withdrawing lasagne meals. Any health risk still hasn't been determined, with the meat still undergoing tests for a potentially harmful horse drug. At least 8 EU countries have now been dragged into the affair, which the UK government has called a criminal conspiracy. One suspect's in Holland He's a client at this cold storage company and a supply chain middle man. He was reportedly sentenced to prison just last year for selling horsemeat as beef. Attention's also shifted to this French supplier. According to French Commerce Minister Benoit Hamon, it knowlingly sold horsemeat as beef. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH CONSUMER AFFAIRS MINISTER BENOIT HAMON SAYING: "The investigation demonstrates that Spanghero knew it was stamping as 'beef' on meat that was potentially horsemeat. In any case, there is a strong suspicion." The European Commission wants to increase DNA testing. It says it's the only way to assess the full extent of the scandal.

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Horsemeat scandal spreads - crime suspected

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 01:29