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Nearly 7000 frozen hamburgers seized by the authorities in the Canaries and found to contain horsemeat "do not pose a health risk to consumers", the government insists.
Canary Islands - 22.02.2013
- The hamburgers were due to be distributed to restaurants and cafeterias on various islands, including Tenerife, but not to shops. Trade officials say the distributor, a Valencia firm, is likely to be prosecuted for fraud as the hamburgers were labelled as containing only beef, with no mention of the horsemeat that made up approximately 40% of the content. Sources say the meat originally came from an Irish processing plant. The seizure was ordered after information was received from the authorities in Alicante, where lab testing of other products marketed by the Valencia firm confirmed the presence of horsemeat.
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