EU ministers look for better meat processing chain

EU ministers look for better ways to trace processed meat, avoid horsemeat being sold as beef

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European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg addresses the media on the horsemeat scandal, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Millions of burgers and frozen meals have been recalled around Europe and many accusations have been made, but so far it's not clear how horsemeat got introduced into so many beef products. French authorities have already pointed to an elaborate supply chain that involved Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders that resulted in horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in meals like lasagna and moussaka to consumers around the continent. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union ministers are looking at better ways to trace processed food across the continent and eliminate fraud amid a widening food scandal in which horsemeat was sold as beef to unwitting consumers.

Wednesday's emergency meeting at EU headquarters included nations most affected by the horsemeat scandal. Those are Britain, Ireland, France, Romania, Poland, Luxembourg and Sweden.

The ministers were eager for answers and aimed to make sure the 27-nation bloc would put better checks on processed food in place.

The ministers said so far the discovery of horsemeat sold as beef did not raise any consumer health issues, only a suspicion of fraud.

In Britain and Ireland there is great sensitivity about eating horse, but that does not exist in other EU nations like France and Belgium.

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