Dubai beef cleared in new meat scare

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Beef products sold in Dubai are free from horse meat contamination, the emirate's food authority said.

The announcement came after Dutch food safety authorities said they were recalling thousands of tonnes of beef from across Europe in the wake of yet another tainted meat scandal. The meat was sold by Wiljo Import and Export and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten, a wholesaler in Oss, in the south Netherlands. The company went bankrupt in February after the first horse meat scandal erupted across much of Europe.

Dubai Municipality's food control department said that it was not aware of any of the potentially contaminated meat having reached the emirate.

"Tests conducted in the UAE have not detected any horse meat contamination in beef for any product in Dubai yet," said Asia Abdulwahab, the municipality's head of food studies and planning. She added that Dutch authorities had also announced that there was "no known health risk to the public". However, she added: "We are still waiting for more clarity."

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said it was "looking into the issue".

As frozen food products have a shelf life of two years, much of the contaminated meat might have already been eaten, according to a statement by the Dutch food safety organisation NVWA. "Because the origins of the meat are not clear, its safety cannot be guaranteed," it said.
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