Horsemeat scandal reaches Hungary

AFP , Tuesday 26 Feb 2013

Scandal ripping Europe over horsemeat meals, hits Hungary as the latest target, as director of National Food Chain Security Office claims it 'was inevitable that Hungary would be unable to avoid the fallout'

The Europe-wide horsemeat scandal reached Hungary Tuesday after an announcement by the country's food safety authorities that undeclared horsemeat had been discovered in packets of "beef" lasagne.

"Beef lasagne containing horsemeat has been discovered in Hungary," said Gyorgy Pleva, director of Hungary's National Food Chain Security Office in a statement to state newswire MTI late Monday.

"It was inevitable that Hungary would be unable to avoid the fallout from the horsemeat scandal," he said.

The case is the first discovery of undeclared horsemeat in Hungary since the scandal erupted in January when horse DNA was detected in beefburgers in Britain and Ireland.

Since then, supermarkets across the continent have pulled prepared meals from their shelves, with effects felt as far away as Hong Kong where an imported brand of lasagne has been withdrawn from stores.

The lasagne was imported into Hungary by the Danish company Nowaco and produced by the Luxemburg-based firm Tavola, a subsidiary of Comigel, the French firm which supplied frozen lasagne found to contain up to 100-percent horsemeat to British supermarkets.

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