Europe's Horsemeat Horror Spreads To Czech' Swedish Meatballs And Beyond

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The ongoing debacle of Europe's food-chain continues with news from the BBC that IKEA, the venerable do-it-yourself furniture (and food apparently) maker has pulled 1675lbs of Swedish Meatballs off shelves. Horse was found in "beef and pork" meatballs in the Czech Republic and then in 13 other nations including the UK, Holland, and Portugal. Since the first horsemeat was found last month, traces have been found in many places (table below) with UK's FSA having 35 positive tests and Germany's equivalent 67 positives. IKEA's discovery, noted on their facebook page, adds further fuel to the complex food-chain fire but we can only wonder just how many extra pieces of horsemeat were included in the package (and what was missing).


As once British MEP noted, "Europe's food retailers depend on a complex network of brokers, cold stores and meat-cutting plants around the continent from which to source the ingredients wherever they are cheapest. The evidence of the past few weeks shows that national food safety authorities have failed to identify a problem in the supply chain over a significant period of time."




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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:53 | 3273642 scatterbrains
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Long horse rendering / pink slime / soylent wafers bitchezz

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:56 | 3273663 Popo
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What's with this whiny, squeamish bullshit.  Horse meat is delicious, low in fat and high in protein.  It's a delicacy in many countries.   

This whole story just makes Europe look ridiculous.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:58 | 3273668 scatterbrains
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One of my favs is beef stock substitute...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:06 | 3273707 francis_sawyer
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So is 'BirdsEye' gonna be off the hook if they find BirdsEye's in there?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:06 | 3273710 Manthong
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S’no big deal.. no deception involved.. the horse’s name was Sven.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:12 | 3273730 francis_sawyer
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Might have even been spared if he hadn't lugged out in the final furlong...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:09 | 3273912 HoofHearted
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MMMMM....bork bork bork.

The horsemeat is what made the Swedish chef so popular. He was one of my favorite Muppets. But then Goldman will want to get involved in this message, so I can't say that...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:41 | 3274011 WayBehind
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Big deal. When I was growing up, horse meat salami was available at every grocery store. just saying .... 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:08 | 3273715 Zero Debt
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Bullish for bullshit, bearish for horseshit

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:02 | 3273689 falak pema
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Na, its just the TDs playing at KAiser Sauzee, spreading the panic in Euro, whereas they should be reporting the Snapper scandal in US; 33% of fish in supermarkets over there is wrongly labelled! 

Don't worry, be happy! 

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:03 | 3273690 thisandthat
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Until you realize this was never meant for consumption so it's not health checked.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:14 | 3273739 kridkrid
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Health checked by whom... and for what? What if it's little more than an illusion?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 16:44 | 3274949 thisandthat
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What if you're paying for say, gold, and get tungsten, instead - it's still pretty useful metal, after all... what if you pay for US$ and get ZIM$ - still paper money all things said.

Do you think they used it because it's of better quality, or because it was much cheaper?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:53 | 3273854 malikai
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Clearly, even the meat which was "meant for consumption" wasn't checked either. Otherwise this wouldn't have happened.

Nevermind that, however. The lesson here is "Never let a good crisis go to waste".

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:03 | 3273694 Börjesson
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It's not about the meat quality as such. It's about the customer not being able to trust the content declaration, and the manufacturers apparently not having a clue what goes into their products.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:11 | 3273714 francis_sawyer
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Just wait until horsemeat starts showing up in your pasteurized milk & city water...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:48 | 3273834 Momauguin Joe
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Horsemeat I can deal with. It's the nuclear waste in the city water that I'm worried about.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:11 | 3273725 Never One Roach
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I thought their meatballs tasty fishy....mmmmmmm

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:46 | 3273827 BurningFuld
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As a horse owner I would like to say: There is nothing wrong with horse meat (not that I eat my horses). Most likely this meat is from North America, because of the massive drought and economic downturn here the slaughter plants for horses are running over time in the last year. All that horse meat is going somewhere. Also realize your average horse has been feed very well it's entire life. NO force feeding, No diet of antibiotics, No growth hormones.

Also...I work with a German lady..she says it's a relatively popular meat in Europe???   Why all the fuss. Eat up!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:01 | 3273882 SkottFree
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Most horse meat plants were closed in the US a few years back do to US outrage over selling horse meat to the UK. Now plants have moved outside the US and still ship products to the same countrys! Products need only proper lableling 5% 50% 100% horse meat to be sold!

Just another diversion tatic to take center stage away from real issues!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:21 | 3273942 economicminor
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U.S. slaughter of horses ended in 2007 when Congress, at the urging of animal rights groups, halted funding to inspect processing plants. The unintended result was thousands of horses abandoned or neglected, and even more enduring hundreds of miles of travel to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:29 | 3273978 Teamtc321
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As a cattle rancher and horse partner, I would like to be very pointed, you have zero fucking clue what you are talking about.Horses in the states that go to slaughter are generally jammed in trailers, then traveled long distances to the Texas/Mexico boarder. I will let those do their own research on the process, imho it is a fucking outrage to say the least.

Fucking bullshit what these horses have to go through just to feed you sick nasty mfer's.




Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:19 | 3273752 sgorem
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no. THIS is not what makes EUROPE look ridiculous.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:12 | 3273733 sgorem
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horseballs anyone ?????????

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:15 | 3273740 azzhatter
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Not a good marketing twist

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:19 | 3273932 Monedas
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Horses are cleaner, their vital organs are higher and absorb less default radiation .... quit eating Granma's food !

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:04 | 3274452 css1971
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In the book it was Soylent steaks, not wafers. (Too much for the american audience)

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:53 | 3273644 GetZeeGold
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How many horses does Europe have? Must have them things breeding like rabbits.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:55 | 3273659 pods
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A few less than they used to?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:05 | 3273696 timbo_em
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Funny story: Pre-collapse, horses were held as status symbols in parts of Spain (Andalusia, for instance). Since 2008 owners couldn't afford this any more. Some horses were slaughtered right away, some were simply freed...and then caught and slaughtered by the authorities and some still enjoy their freedom in southern Spain (like camels in Australia). So basically since 2008 an yearly average of 50.000 tons of horse meat was produced in Spain and noone has a clue where that meat went. Just one thing, Spaniards knowingly don't eat horse meat.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:53 | 3273646 eigenvalue
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It's just horsemeat not human flesh. Why the fuss?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:00 | 3273679 Water Is Wet
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+1, 7 billion people in the world can't be fed cheaply with prime ingredients.  We have high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, radioactive tuna, and horsemeat meatballs because feeding 7 billion people is a strain on the earth.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:53 | 3273852 BurningFuld
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Horse meat is much more expensive to produce than beef. There is just a glut of horses in North America right now with the drought last year and the poor economy. I'm sure that is where it is coming from.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:23 | 3274139 JOYFUL
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Sorry friend, but Europe has it's own crisis right now, and there's no need for imported equine products...those countries which were last to be invited into the Euro party were also the last to give up their horse culture...conforming to the centralized control freaks in Brussels means giving up all kinds of horses being allowed on roadways....animals grazing freely, and on and on...

result is thousands of dudes having to give up their wagons and carriages, close down their barns and sell off their workhorses. In the name of 'progress' and 'safety' ...this, combined with the aforementioned sell off of 'pet' horses by owners no longer willing to pay for feed has culled the Euro horse populations so severely that the four leggers will soon nuff disappear altogether from the for the expensive breeding ranches of the mega-rich moneyboyz behind this whole scam.

Merikans worry about their guns, and the right to bear them. A man with a weapon is a target. But a horse and armed rider are a direct marker of who we once were, and goes to the heart of what Merika once was.

This whole mess what Merika has gotten itself into could be sorted out in one quick chapter. 800 armed* men riding separately but in tandem to the steps of any State capital south(or west!)of the Mason-Dixon** line would bring the visceral imagery together for a final showdown with those who are counting on you to to either lie down, or play into their hands when they start moving for the guns.  The pukes hiding behind their secret state would have to show their hand or fold...and pity the sherrif's deputy or federal hack who got the order to step out in support of them. If the complicit media tried to shut it out, they would look like total fools as the internet followed every move. We need to have this out soon.

Right now there still is 'the internet' ...and there still are some 'horses'...and some 'men' ...I wouldn't count on the combination staying around for too much longer! Gold, guns. and two fresh mounts...everything else is just blowin smoke.

*no ammo...that's key.

**blood's too watered down elsewhere

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:04 | 3273700 kridkrid
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Ever since the story broke I've been trying to figure out why it even matters. The only thing I can come up with is the idea that the supply chain is so interconnected that something that isn't supposed to be in the food is in the food. I suppose if horse meat can end up in my meatballs, so can _____. Farmers markets... it's about all you can really trust... mostly.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:51 | 3273843 malikai
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The reason why it matters so much is because the beaurocracy MUST grow at all costs.

Do not think so much about the issue at hand, but how the issue may be used to further the state's objectives. Or, in this case, the superstate.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 13:11 | 3274213 JOYFUL
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It matters because the cabbalist is required to always signal to their victim what is their fate...and by doing so, gain implicit acceptance on the part of that victim. EuroMerikan is being 'shown' the death of it's culture and it's means of defense, through the mass slaughter of our greatest friends and helpmates. With them, we were warriors...without them we will be slaves. A war of symbols has been waged for half a century now, since the photo-journalism of the "Vietnam" War, to inflict psychological defeat after defeat upon the Europoid psyche....slowly showing the slipping away of every marker of what made us men.

There is no 'health' or other issue going on here whatsoever...this is a war...of symbols...but it's denouement with be an onslaught of terror, when we have abandoned all our old friends and loyalties...

to which there will be no cavalry to ride to the rescue.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:14 | 3273737 sgorem
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"It's just horsemeat not human flesh. Why the fuss?"  YET.......................

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:53 | 3273648 TonyCoitus
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Giddyup Bitchez!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:53 | 3273649 pods
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Wake me up when they start finding human DNA in products.

We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control................


Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:01 | 3274444 css1971
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Don't test you won't find.

Better not eh.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:54 | 3273650 Edward Fiatski
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But Horsemeat is still meat, right guys?

Horsemeat - the fall of Western Civilisation!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:54 | 3273653 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Has the USDA started checking for horse meat in the meat supply here? Or are they too busy reviewing porn movies?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:27 | 3273780 Sudden Debt
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what does it say on the labeling of your food?

and it's forebidden to say anything bad about meat you know...

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 12:40 | 3274195 hooligan2009
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must be time to get a little mint sauce for that mutton/lamb

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:56 | 3273655 Sudden Debt
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If they turn in their meals, THEY GET FULL RETAIL PRICES REFUNDED!!



I got this info from a friend of mine who works for a cleanup company where they destroy the food.

Why they do it is anybody's guess.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:58 | 3273670 Edward Fiatski
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Who insures frozen burgers? THE HORROR.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:04 | 3273704 Chuck Norris
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And by "destroy" you mean recycle it into the school lunch program?

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:17 | 3273748 Sudden Debt
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nop, anything that has a 0,1% horse DNA trace is destroyed as in burned.

nop, if caddle eat their proteine mixes (which are most commonly made out of powerdered down cadavers from other animals, they always tend to contain those DNA traces.

In short, it's not only beef that's being destroyed but also pork.

And the volumes they're destroying are BIG!

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:07 | 3274459 Pseudo Anonym
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starving africans and asians would love to hear that food is being destroyed

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