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Romania Finds Wrongfully Labeled Horse Meat, Mediafax Reports

Romania Finds Wrongfully Labeled Horse Meat, Mediafax Reports
The Romanian authorities started an investigation of slaughterhouses and meat suppliers in the country after a European-wide scandal on the wrongful labeling of horse meat. Photographer: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Romania’s Food Safety Authority found horse meat labeled as beef in a warehouse near the capital Bucharest following an investigation, Mediafax reported late yesterday, citing a document from the agency.

The veterinary watchdog said the meat originated from a cold storage in Alba county, in the center of Romania, according to the Bucharest-based newspaper.

The food safety authority confiscated all the meat and closed the warehouses, Mihai Turcanu, the head of the authority, said in an interview on television station Antena3 today.

The Romanian authorities started an investigation of slaughterhouses and meat suppliers in the country after a European-wide scandal on the wrongful labeling of horse meat. On Feb. 11, Romania denied any allegations that its slaughterhouses misrepresented horse meat as beef.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andra Timu in Bucharest at atimu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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