Dutch Authorities Recall 50,000 Tons of Meat

Authorities have recalled the meat for fear of horsemeat contamination

Europe's horsemeat scandal is not quite over, as today, Dutch authorities recalled some 50,000 tons of meat labeled as beef, the AP reports.

The meat, that's origins cannot be established, was distributed through 130 companies in the Netherlands and 370 companies across Europe. Officials claim there is no health risk involved, although authorities say that "[the meat's] safety cannot be guaranteed" because the meat's exact origin is unknown.

Unfortunately for European consumers, the meat scandals still continue; on Tuesday, Asda recalled cans of corned beef after tests discovered traces of the veterinary painkiller phenylbutazone (aka bute).

The Guardian reports that the U.K.'s Food Standards Agency says that only one in every 50 horses slaughtered for food in the U.K. has tested positive for bute. The canned corned beef is the only product with more than 1 percent horsemeat that tested positive for bute. And while the government claims that bute isn's a health risk to humans, selling food products with bute is illegal in Europe.


While horsemeat is the biggest food mislabeling scandal to date, Ikea also recently recalled moose lasagna after finding trace amounts of pork.