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Swedish Minister accuses Findus of criminality after the horsemeat scandal

Monday, 11 February 2013
Swedish Rural affairs minister, Eskil Erlandsson (pictured below) is not a happy man especially as the scandal about horsemeat in frozen food has been found in the Findus brand, a brand that is closely associated to Sweden.

The minister accused the company of cheating and that the police should be called in to look into the extent of criminal activities in the company.

Findus on its part claim that they have been cheated, when it emerged that its cooked food had been infested with meat not from cows but from horses or donkeys.

"We consumers should feel 100 percent confident that what we buy in a store will contain what it says on the box. Everything else is in my opinion cheating and must be described as fraud," says Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson.

Erlandsson said he believed that the matter would result in a police report. "It does not pay to cheat. These things will bite so sharply that no one will attempt to put something on the market that is not indicated on the package."

Findus which first started operations in Sweden - Skånska Fruktin & Likörfabriken (Fruit Industries) in Bjuv, Sweden in 1905 has become a household name for frozen ready meals.

A few weeks ago it emerged first in the UK that horse meat DNA was found in minced means and burgers sold in supermarket there. Supermarkets such as Tesco, Lidl, Asda withdrew their minced and burgers. Then the following week it emerged that Lasagne sold in the UK contained horse and donkey meat. The public went wild not because of their dislike for horse meat but because they feel deceived by not providing proper information about the type of meat that contained in their food.

In a web that link the food production chain, it is reported that some of the meat might have been contaminated by criminal gangs in places such as France, Romania and other far off places where food is cooked for the UK and European market. In that light, the French consumer minister, Benoît Hamon, said today that he would not hesitate to take legal action if evidence emerged that the two French companies, which handled the meat, had been aware of the fraud.

One of the biggest fears in the consumption of horses in that some horses are inoculated with very strong drugs that if consumed by man, it could lead to medical anomalies in humans.
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