Poland: still no sign country source of horsemeat

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A sign hangs at a branch of Burger King in central London, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier whose patties in Britain and Ireland were found to contain traces of horsemeat. Officials say there is no risk to human health, but the episode has raised food security concerns. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

WARSAW, Poland — Investigations in Poland have found no evidence backing Irish claims that Poland was the source of horsemeat that ended up in Irish and British burgers, a top Polish veterinarian said on Thursday.

Jaroslaw Naze, deputy head of Poland’s General Veterinary Inspectorate, said Ireland needed to hand over more documentary evidence, including of labels on the suspected meet supplies, so that Polish officials can complete their own investigation.

“I need the details from Ireland,” he said.

Tensions have emerged in recent days between the two countries, both major meat producers whose industries could be damaged by the horseburger scandal. Irish government officials and an Irish meat company have blamed the contamination of beef patties with horsemeat on meat imported from Poland.

The issue has barely been an issue in the Polish media, and Naze, the official in charge of the investigation, has repeatedly cast doubt on the accusations.

Naze told The Associated Press on Thursday that he can only complete the Polish investigation “when I will have all documents from Ireland.”

To date, Poland has carried out DNA testing at a national laboratory in Pulawy, in southeastern Poland, on 14 meat samples taken from a cold storage unit, Naze said. He described the laboratory as one of the biggest and most modern in Europe.

“What we have today is that there are no signs that the horsemeat was in Polish beef,” Naze said. “My investigation shows that the beef was beef.”

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BLLMDTEDB63SB5UGTZNT2DEX6Q Willie

    Hahaha. Ba e dapat magtayo ng branch ang BK sa Don Galo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGVHDQT7JEE4WDAWZFAZDNTFCU dominador

    Testing should be done better in Switzerland or by the SGS of Switzerland.

    • ang_dagat

      It makes no difference where it is done, it is all being done by experts, It was the Irish authorities that discovered it at first in their own meat processing plant. It was soon discovered that the meat was sourced from another EU country. All EU meat has a tracing record, even back to the farm, unless somebody doctored the record.

      Just because there is no positive results in the Polish tests on stock in these 14 factories, does not mean the meat imported into Ireland was not contaminated. It is not really about DNA any more. It is clear that the meat in question was contaminated, so now the investigation is investigating the source country.

      • DENAL

        cat and rat meat

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    There should be no objections to horse meat. It tastes even better that cow’s meat. Horse meat is known to be high on potassium which is also known to be good for the heart. So, why worry? Be happy!

  • uncle

    dog meat! 

  • Vertumnus

    At least it’s horse meat!  The French considers horse meat a delicacy, so does French Canadians. I think eating semi-intelligent creatures disgusting!  They all fall in the same category as eating cats and dogs.  There’s no reason to slaughter companion animals as there are more than enough farm animals better suited for meat products.

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