EU; Where’s the beef?
It seems that criminal gangs (also known as businessmen) are responsible for introducing cheap horse meat into food labelled beef to help maximise profits. As is typical of such people they have no regard for laws and regulations.
Although at this time it is not certain who is to blame the current leads show a tangled web of meat movement from Romania and including a host of EU countries. Key players in in the scandal (other than Romania) are traders in the Netherlands and Cyprus.
Romania claims that its abattoirs which among other meats provides horse did not sell the horse meat as beef and that all meats are kept separate in line with current standards and regulations. This has led to suspicions that the culprit(s) could be the next point in the chain of Dutch or Cypriot meat traders.
The EU is encouraging member states to carry out testing of meat labelled beef but hasn’t or can’t make such a call mandatory.