A Dutch meat trader is the first person sentenced to jail for the role he played in Europe’s horse meat scandal. Willy Selten, 45, will be jailed for 2.5 years after being convicted of selling 300 tons of horse meat labeled as beef. He was convicted on the details — forging invoices and labels, faking declarations, and… Continue Reading
Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading
Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. published its Forward Evidence Plan for 2014, outlining priorities for the coming year. The plan is meant to draw the attention of potential research funders and inform stakeholders. A major portion of the plan addresses Campylobacter, Britain’s most common cause of food poisoning. In the… Continue Reading
A batch of canned, sliced beef has been taken off store shelves in Britain after it was found to contain horse DNA not identified in the ingredients list, reports the Food Standards Agency. The 320-gram cans of Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy were manufactured in Romania in January 2013 and supplied to Home Bargains and… Continue Reading
Put a gun to my head to make me talk about food fraud and I am probably going to begin babbling about honey and horsemeat. Food fraud is a subject associated with food safety based on simple logic. If you are going to engage in food fraud, in all likelihood you don’t give a crap… Continue Reading
An official opinion from New Mexico Attorney General Gary K. King either marks the end of horse slaughter in The Land of Enchantment or a meaningless intervention into federal meat regulation. In a June 10 AG’s opinion, the Democrat King said veterinary drugs are too commonly administered to horses not to view their meat as… Continue Reading
The additional DNA testing in Europe found more horsemeat masquerading as beef and put more names on the list of world recognizable food brands that were apparent victims of this continent-wide fraud that now includes the likes of IKEA, Burger King, Taco Bell and many others.
After a meeting with health ministers from European Union nations, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg gained support for DNA testing of meat products throughout the continent. “The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states,” Borg said after the ministerial meeting in Brussels over Europe’s expanding horsemeat scandal. The EU health… Continue Reading