Russia Finds Horse Meat In Sausages

Russia’s agriculture watchdog says horse meat has been found in sausages imported from a European country.

Officials with Rosselkhoznadzor said on February 27 that horse DNA was found in a shipment of beef sausages delivered to the Moscow region and believed to have come from Austria.

Meanwhile, furniture retailer Ikea has halted sales of wiener sausage in five European countries, saying tests had revealed traces of horse meat from its Swedish supplier.

The sausages should contain pork and beef and were sold at Ikea stores in France, Spain, Britain, Ireland, and Portugal.

On February 25, Ikea stopped the sale of meatballs in 24 countries amid the scandal over mislabeled horse meat that has swept through Europe since January.

The Swedish National Food Agency now says the supplier of meatballs to Ikea has found horse meat in its products.

The agency said on February 27 it was informed by Swedish supplier Dafgaard that its own tests had revealed the presence of horse DNA.

Dafgaard said on February 26 that no traces of horse meat were found after it performed 320 tests of its products.

Ikea’s meatball ban came after the Czech authorities said they discovered traces of horse DNA in meatballs sold by Ikea.

The scandal has led to a series of product withdrawals and sparked government investigations into the food-processing industry.

Based on reporting by Interfax, AFP, AP, and dpa

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