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Results of tests of meat

EU-wide testing for horsemeat DNA and phenylbutazone (an anti-inflammatory drug used as a painkiller in veterinary medicine for pets and horses) requested and co-financed in line with the Action Plan by the European Commission revealed that less than 5 % of the tested products had horse DNA and that about 0.5 % of the equine carcasses tested were found to be contaminated with phenylbutazone.

These results correspond with the joint statement published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 15 April 2013 which concluded that the risks associated to phenylbutazone were of "low concern for consumers due to the low likelihood of exposure and the overall low likelihood of toxic effects and that, on a given day, the probability of a consumer being both susceptible to developing aplastic anaemia and being exposed to phenylbutazone was estimated to range approximately from 2 in a trillion to 1 in 100 million."

A Commission Recommendation on a coordinated control plan to carry out second series of DNA tests in EU Member States was endorsed on 13 February 2014 by experts meeting at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain.

EU Member States will carry out the sampling during the spring. It will be up to each EU Member State to set up their timetable. Testing will be carried out during the spring and the Commission will collect and publish the results of these EU-wide tests by end July 2014.


AP

Sampling and testing performed by the competent authorities

7,259 tests tests were carried out by the competent authorities in the 27 EU countries, of which 4,144 tested for the presence of horsemeat DNA and 3,115 tested for the presence of phenylbutazone. Of those tests, 193 revealed positive traces of horsemeat DNA (4.66%) and 16 showed positive traces of phenylbutazone (0.51%).

Sampling and testing performed by food business operators as reported by the competent authorities

Member States reported another 7,951 tests for the presence of horsemeat DNA performed by food business operators (producers, processors and distributors). Of these, 110 contained horsemeat DNA (1.38%). The positive samples found in relation to horsemeat DNA combined with the very low levels of bute detected represents a small part of the overall production in EU.

Websites of competent authorities

Member State Website
Austria www.bmg.gv.at
Belgium www.favv.be/
Bulgaria babh.government.bg/
Czech Republic www.mzv.cz/eu
Cyprus www.moh.gov.cy/sgl
Denmark www.fvst.dk
Estonia
Finland www.evira.fi
France
Germany www.bmelv.de
Greece
Hungary
Ireland fsai.ie
Italy www.salute.gov.it
Latvia
Lithuania www.vet.lt
Luxembourg
Malta https://ehealth.gov.mt/
www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Health-Directorate-Malta/
Norway www.mattilsynet.no
www.matportalen.no
The Netherlands www.vwa.nl
Poland www.ijhars.gov.pl
Portugal www.dgv.min-agricultura.pt
Romania www.ansvsa.ro
Slovakia
Slovenia www.uvhvvr.gov.si
Spain
Sweden www.livsmedelsverket.se
Switzerland www.eda.admin.ch/mission_eu
United Kingdom www.food.gov.uk

 
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