French politicians turned their attention to the horse meat scandal over the weekend and now there are new fears that the horse meat could actually be donkey meat.
We’ve all heard about the horse meat scandal at this stage, but no-one seems to know exactly how, or where, it all began. However, a leading French politician seems to know where the fake beef, which was sold in France and 15 other countries, has come from… and why.
Jose Bove, vice-president of the European Parliament agriculture committee, says that a law banning horses from Romanian roads may be the reason for the surge in ‘fake’ beef, according to The Independent.
The law bans horses and donkeys from using roads, however, while the ban has been in place for the past six years, it has only been enforced recently. “Horses have been banned from Romanian roads and millions of animals have been sent to the slaughterhouse,” Bove said.
The French consumer minister, Benoit Hamon, said (and we suggest you take a deep breath for this one) that the horse meat found in supermarkets came from abattoirs in Romania through a dealer in Cyprus working through another dealer in Holland to a meat plant in the south of France which sold it to a French-owned factory in Luxembourg which made it into frozen meals sold in supermarkets in 16 countries.
At least the EU is still working together...