UK processors may have bought contaminated Dutch beef

UK processors may have bought contaminated Dutch beef

UK businesses may well have already processed some of the 50,000 tonnes of beef product being recalled by the Dutch authorities from across Europe as it is thought to contain horse meat.

Sold by two Dutch wholesalers, Wiljo Import-Export and Wily Selten Meat Wholesalers, to around 130 clients The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) said it had taken the meat: “Off the market as a precautionary measure to verify all products.” The two Dutch companies have the same owner, who was previously investigated by food safety officials.

Over 370 groups have been written to across Europe to check the meat. In a statement NWVA said: “The companies have possibly already processed the meat and sold it.” The UK Food Standards Agency said it was: “Following up with these businesses as a matter of urgency to determine if they have received products from the Dutch company.”

The recalled product dates back to meat sold between 1st January 2011 and 15th February 2013. The countries thought to be affected include the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

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