Polish officials confirmed horse DNA found in beef stored at a number of storage facilities.
Claims made by Irish authorities in early February that Poland was the source of horsemeat found in Irish and British burgers, have been confirmed. Poland’s General Veterinary Inspectorate said in a statement last night that it had found three tainted samples from 121 tested.
Additional testing came following claims by officials in Ireland, Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic that products such as burgers and lasagne contained horsemeat that was traced back to facilities in Poland.
Poland exports more than three-quarters of its total beef production to EU members and this scandal could have a significant adverse effect on the country’s beef exports.
Large stores, such as Aldi, Tesco and Dunnes Stores, have withdrawn products containing the contaminated beef products from their stores. The Swedish company, Ikea, is the latest company to remove products containing beef from their stores.