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Food and Veterinary Service establishes suspicious activities with horsemeat at several slaughterhouses and companies

 RIGA, Feb 27 - The Food and Veterinary Service has established suspicious activities with horsemeat at several Latvian slaughterhouses and companies, "Nozare.lv" was informed by the Food and Veterinary Service's representative Ilze Meistere.

When the Food and Veterinary Service received information about the "horsemeat scandal" in Europe, it launched inspections at Latvian slaughterhouses and meat-processing companies.

416 horses were slaughtered in Latvia in 2012, including 272 at "AIBI" slaughterhouse. Their meat (203 horses) was supplied to meat-processing company "Forevers".

The Food and Veterinary Service continues to inspect both companies. Nevertheless, it is already clear that "AIBI" horsemeat was labeled as beef in nearly all cases.

Horsemeat is not noted in "Forevers" product labels. The company's product samples were tested by a German laboratory, establishing the presence of horsemeat in them. The laboratory's report will be available soon.

The Food and Veterinary Service has also established violations at "Vilumene", "Kalnpierbes" and "Musino" slaughterhouses and meat supplier "Heinors".

The supermarket chain ''Rimi Latvija'' has taken out of circulation from its stores all meat products from Latvian meat procession company ''Forevers'', ''Rimi Latvija'' spokeswoman Laura Podskocija told the business information portal ''Nozare.lv''.

''The safety of our customers is our priority. After acquainting ourselves with information from the Food and Veterinary Service, ''Forevers'' meat products that have beef in them will be taken off the shelves in all of our stores throughout Latvia,'' Podskocija said.

As reported, horsemeat is used in the production of several food products, for instance, sausages, which must be noted in their labels. Horsemeat is cheaper than beef, and when customers are not informed about the presence of horsemeat in products they buy this is considered fraud.
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