“Dutch intermediary dealers.” EU findings from a total of ~7000 genetic tests on food products to investigate mislabeled horsemeat were announced on 16 Apr 2013. 0% abnormal test results in the UK, 3.3% in Germany and 13.3% in France, where purchases from Dutch intermediaries turned out to be particularly mislabeled. A French Green Party member claimed it wasn’t even proper horse meat being mislabeled, but rather slaughterhouse wastes. On se demande encore comment est-il possible qu’il y ait tant de chevaux en Europe? Where are so many horses coming from, that horse meat could prove cheaper than farmed beef and mutton on the global market? Racetracks?
Particularly customers of the shadowy Dutch figure known as Willy Selten are affected. Yet again, Dutch is funny if you know English and German but not Dutch. Willy Selten’s large meat wholesaler delivered to ~500 companies in 16 EU countries.
The EU commissioner for consumers wants to change government food testing to verify truth in labeling from a national to a European matter. He said this is another problem whose scope exceeds the capacity of individual national government offices. Crowdsourced cheap DNA test kits for species-specific markers would also help.
(NEE derr lend ish eh TSVISH en hend lah.)