No Horse in Icelandic Beef and Lamb Products

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No Horse in Icelandic Beef and Lamb Products

The Food and Veterinary Authority of Iceland (MAST) announced on Friday its results from testing 16 Icelandic products carried by different stores in the country: they did not contain any horse meat but only beef and lamb as stated on the labels.

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Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The testing was carried out following the horse meat scandal in Europe.

All samples were negative when tested whether the product contained horse meat. However, one sample, minced salted meat from Fjarðarkaup, showed traces of horse.

The meat was possibly carried into the product through processing equipment. This will be investigated further by the respective public health authority.

MAST will in the coming days examine each sample closer regarding their ingredients and labeling. The authorities will continue to monitor processing methods, recipes and labeling of food products during systematic surveillance.

Click here to read about export of Icelandic horse meat tripling.

ESA