Horsemeat Now in 16 Countries

    View of Findus Beef Moussaka packs being removed from sale of a local shop in Ville d'Avray, outside Paris, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Complex trading between wholesalers has made it increasingly difficult to trace the origins or destination of food like the horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in frozen meals across Europe’s open borders, and France’s agricultural minister said it was up to regulators to find a way “out of the fog.” (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    Where's the beef? French officials summoned meat industry chiefs to talks with ministers as the fallout from the scandal over horsemeat labeled as beef spread to 16 countries. Seven French supermarket chains withdrew frozen beef meals made by Findus and Comigel, and Food Minister Guillaume Garot said he wanted to make sure all questionable products were off the shelves. The scandal has already affected distributors in Britain, France, Sweden, Ireland, and Romania, and many fear it could have spread to 11 other countries as a result of the complex food supply chain in the European Union. The meat has been traced back to Romanian slaughterhouses, and an investigation has indicated the horsemeat was intentionally packaged as beef as part of a criminal conspiracy.

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