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The Foreigner Norway-Europe mincemeat scandal spreads to Sweden. Food producers Orkla’s Swedish subsidiary has pulled Norway’s stock-in-trade Grandiosa–brand pizza off supermarket shelves amongst reports of unidentifiable meat, their company Procordia says. The decision was taken in collaboration with Sweden’s National Food Agency. It involves products Grandiosa Kebab Mini-pizza (165g single and 6-pack, best before 2013-07-02) and Felix Ravioli in Meat Sauce 560g (‘köttfärssås’ in Swedish, best before 2014-08-03, 2014-08-04, 2014-12-15, 2014-12-16, 2015-03-15, 2015-05-22, 2015-05-23). Also affected are Felix Chile Con Carne 560g (best before 2014-06-28, 2014-08-02, 2015-04-24, 2015-05-25, 2015-06-19), and Felix Köttfärssås Original 560g (best before 2014-06-28, 2014-12-13, 2015-05-29), says the company.

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Norway-Europe mincemeat scandal spreads to Sweden

Published on Thursday, 23rd May, 2013 at 13:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd May 2013 at 14:11.

Food producers Orkla’s Swedish subsidiary has pulled Norway’s stock-in-trade Grandiosa–brand pizza off supermarket shelves amongst reports of unidentifiable meat, their company Procordia says.



The decision was taken in collaboration with Sweden’s National Food Agency. It involves products Grandiosa Kebab Mini-pizza (165g single and 6-pack, best before 2013-07-02) and Felix Ravioli in Meat Sauce 560g (‘köttfärssås’ in Swedish, best before 2014-08-03, 2014-08-04, 2014-12-15, 2014-12-16, 2015-03-15, 2015-05-22, 2015-05-23).

Also affected are Felix Chile Con Carne 560g (best before 2014-06-28, 2014-08-02, 2015-04-24, 2015-05-25, 2015-06-19), and Felix Köttfärssås Original 560g (best before 2014-06-28, 2014-12-13, 2015-05-29), says the company.

Swedish National Food Agency officials say difficulty tracing and proving the meat’s origin sold by a Dutch abattoir is the reason due to lacking documentation.

”Therefore, it isn’t possible to exclude that the meat is hazardous to health. Some of the lots [tested] contained horse meat even though this was not put on the packaging,” they say in a statement.

It follows a press release issued by Holland’s Food Safety Authority warning about this particular company, according to them.

In February, Dutch Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma sent the House of Representatives a letter following preliminary investigations.

“The vast majority of the controls carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel - en Warenautoriteit - NVWA) into the trade in horsemeat have not detected the presence of horsemeat mixed with beef,” the Dutch government writes.

“Furthermore, no traces of banned drugs have been found in horsemeat. Tests have shown that products from a business in Oss did contain horsemeat mixed with beef,” officials continue.

Holland’s Food Safety Authority subsequently recalled 50,000 tons of beef earlier last month. It was deemed unfit for human consumption, with suspicions it contained horse meat.

Norway Orkla’s Swedish subsidiary Procordia’s move is just the latest runner in the long-running Europe-wide ‘horsegate’ scandal, which also hit supermarkets and frozen food company Findus in February.

The horse meat allegedly stemmed from Romanian abattoirs, which the country’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta has denied.

For general EU food traceability regulations, click here.



Published on Thursday, 23rd May, 2013 at 13:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd May 2013 at 14:11.

This post has the following tags: horsegate, mincemeatscandal.


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