National Food Agency to DNA test meat
"And now to the horsemeat scandal. Sixteen countries are said to be involved or affected by a problem in which packages of food labeled to contain beef wound up to contain horsemeat. Yesterday, the Swedish National Food Agency met with industry, and the Agency is instituting more DNA testing to make sure that the meat you buy is really what you think you`re buying. To find out more, Radio Sweden spoke to a chemist from the National Food Agency, Ylva Sjögren Bolin."
The National Food Agency says it will strengthen screening of processed foods sold in stores. The move comes after the Findus brand of frozen "beef" lasagna was found to contain horse meat.
On Monday, the agency gathered representatives from the meat and trade industry to discuss the scandal. The supervisory authority had considered filing a police complaint against Findus but decided to wait until it had a better foundation to move ahead.
The National Food Agency will now work with municipalities and local food supervisory authorities to do random checks on processed food in supermarkets.
The goal is to determine whether the meat inside the box matches the label.