Horsemeat: From Irish problem to EU crisis

The discovery of horse DNA in beef products for sale in Irish supermarkets first seemed to be an Irish problem, but it has quickly developed into a continental crisis, writes John Burke.

24th February, 2013
Within hours of the horsemeat story breaking, social media sites were abuzz with jokes and rumours. Photo: AP

It all starts with samples of frozen beef products taken here four months ago. Last November, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) samples frozen beef products across a range of Irish supermarket outlets. Salami products and pies are also tested.

Preliminary results show traces of horse and pig meat in many frozen burgers.

The FSAI later tells *The Sunday Business Post* that it launched the investigation amid reports over poor traceability of horses slaughtered...

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