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Dutch Authorities Rein in Suspected Horse Meat

April 10, 2013

Dutch food regulatory authorities in Utrecht on Wednesday announced the recall of 50,000 tonnes of meat suspected of having undeclared horse content.

That comes to 55,116 U.S. tons.

The origin of the meat is not clear and its safety cannot be guaranteed, the authorities said. However, they added that were was, at present, no concrete evidence of a danger to humans.

Some 130 distributors in the Netherlands handled the meat.

About 370 businesses in European countries - including Germany, France and Spain - have bought the meat from wholesalers and will be notified, the authorities said.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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