AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Food safety authorities in The Netherlands have ordered the recall of approximately 50,000 tons of beef from 130 Dutch companies over concerns the product may be contaminated with horse meat.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority initiated the recall after it was determined the customers of two European beef slaughterhouses that have been implicated in the horse meat scandal were unable to guarantee they had not received beef that may have been blended with horse meat.
“Because of the unclear origin of consignments of meat, the safety of the meat is not guaranteed,” the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said in a statement. “At this moment, there are no concrete indications that there is a danger to public health.”
The recall covers meat dating back to Jan. 1, 2011, up to Feb. 15, 2013. It encompasses products from two Dutch companies together known as Selten.
In all, the recall affects 370 companies from around Europe and an additional 130 companies in The Netherlands, according to the agency. Dutch authorities informed European Union member states Germany, France and Spain about the recall. Member states are responsible for handling the recall in their respective countries.