A potential buyer looks in a horse's mouth at Skaryszew horse fair February 18, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
- Mid-January 2013: Equine DNA is found in beefburgers in Britain and Ireland, countries where horsemeat consumption is generally taboo. Millions of beefburgers are removed from sale.
- February 7: Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) announces that tests confirm that lasagne produced by processed food giant Findus contains up to 100 percent horsemeat.
- February 8: The French food company that supplied the lasagne, Comigel, says it has withdrawn all products from a meat supplier that had provided it with horsemeat instead of beef, French company Spanghero, which says that the meat comes from Romania.
- Swedish food firms withdraw frozen lasagne meals from stores.
- Findus UK says that it withdrew the tainted products in Britain on February 4.
- February 9: Spanghero says it will sue the Romanian producer.
- A French probe reveals the meat has been traced from France through Cyprus and the Netherlands to Romanian abattoirs.
- Romania opens an enquiry.
- February 10: After Findus, which has launched a complaint, Comigel says it will seek compensation.
- February 11: Romania denies any irregularity.
- February 12: Supermarkets in France, Switzerland and The Netherlands pull ready-made meals from the shelves out of precaution.
France becomes the second European country to confirm the presence of horsemeat in frozen meals.
- February 13: Horsemeat is found in frozen lasagne in Switzerland and Germany.
- The EU calls in Europe's law enforcement agency Europol and urges bloc-wide DNA food testing. It also urges checks for an equine veterinary drug that can be dangerous to humans -- phenylbutazone -- in all European establishments handling raw horsemeat.
- February 14: Following a probe, France blames Spanghero, which allegedly knowingly sold 750 tonnes of horsemeat over a period of six months.
- Police in Britain arrest three men at meat plants suspected of passing horse off mislabelled as beef.
- Britain announces that phenylbutazone has been found in six horse carcasses.
- February 15: Norway and Austria find horsemeat in frozen dishes.
- A probe is opened in Denmark into horsemeat in pizzas.
- The EU agrees the immediate launch of tests for horse DNA in meat products.
- Britain says 29 beef products out of 2,501 have been found to contain more than one percent horsemeat.
- February 16: Bulgaria becomes the latest country to order lasagne dishes pulled from the shelves.
- German discount chain Lidl pulls its canned beef goulash and tortellini bolognese "as a precaution" from its Finnish and Swedish stores.
- February 18: Spanghero is allowed to resume production of minced meat, sausages and ready-to-eat meals, but will no longer be allowed to stock frozen meat, after a meeting between the government and the company's unions.