Contaminated meat products sold in EU
"The 50 tons worth of meat products had gone
past their expiry date and therefore were not fit for human consumption," said
European Commission spokesman Philip Tod.
The wholesaler in Johanneskirchen, in the southern state of Bavaria
, from whom the police seized 50 tons of food last week, has
committed suicide. The unnamed company's accounts showed that 90 tons of
rotten and out-of-date meat products and foods had been shipped earlier to
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the
Netherlands, said European
spokesman Philip Tod
. The German wholesaler may have sold rotten meat
and out-of-date foodstuffs to companies in eight European Union countries before
German authorities blocked a second consignment of spoiled goods also slated for
export. The incident comes amid growing concerns in Europe about contaminated
The EU was also informed late September 1 about a second case in
Grobbenzell, also in Bavaria, that involves the relabeling of products, Tod
said. An unknown quantity of food was exported to Ireland, Austria and Italy
though "...it appears that these products have been recalled," the European
Commission spokesman said by telephone.
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