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How the Horse Meat Sneaked Into the Lasagna

Tests confirming beef lasagna sold under the Findus brand contained up to 100 percent horse meat sparked a wider food scare in Britain.
Tests confirming beef lasagna sold under the Findus brand contained up to 100 percent horse meat sparked a wider food scare in Britain. Photograph by Andrew Yates/AFP via Getty Images

It’s considered one of the European Union’s great successes: the establishment of a single market in which 27 countries trade freely among themselves in everything from steel to meat. The meat, however, appears to include some horse meat labeled as beef.

Merchants in Britain, France, Ireland, and Sweden are pulling frozen meals and hamburger patties off their shelves after tests showed the presence of horse DNA in what was supposed to be beef. While regulators say there’s no risk to human health, the case underscores the challenge of monitoring the supply of food to the EU’s 500 million consumers.