No horsemeat found in latest tests
Laboratory tests on meat products following the horsemeat scandal have not revealed any evidence of intentional cheating by food companies, according to the National Food Administration.
The state body also found no traces of horse medicine in the foods tested.
“Now we will continue to testing to check whether [beef] products contain pork,” Lukas Linne, press spokesperson at the food administration told Swedish Radio News.
“In the past our tests were focused on food safety. But since the revelations that consumers have been cheated we’re continuing to test meat products.”
Following the media outcry over horsemeat in lasagnas and other frozen food products labeled as beef, the food administration tested 150 different beef products. They detected just 1 percent horsemeat, which could be due to different meats being processed in the same factories, reports Swedish Radio News.
Several Swedish local authorities have introduced testing on meat since the scandal erupted just under a month ago, leading to the withdrawal of Findus, Ica, Coop and Ikea processed meat products. National and local tests have been carried out on processed and semi-processed foods such as ravioli, meat sauces and hamburgers.
Most tests have been carried out on products taken from the shelves of supermarket chains. Some local stores have also been targeted.