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#1 Hum

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 00:55

Germany's development minister has suggested that horsemeat mislabelled as beef should be distributed to the poor.

Dirk Niebel said he supported the proposal by a member of the governing CDU party, and concluded: "We can't just throw away good food."

The opposition dismissed the idea, but a priest said it should be considered.

Meanwhile, traces of horse DNA have been found in six tonnes of minced beef and 2,400 packs of lasagne Bolognese seized from a company in Italy.

The products were packaged by Italian group Primia, based near Bologna.

The health ministry said Primia had used meat from another company in Brescia and originally supplied by two other companies, also based there.

It is the first positive test in Italy since the scandal erupted last month.

Earlier on Saturday, the Italian authorities said they had found no traces of horsemeat in beef products seized this week from the Swiss food giant Nestle.

On Monday, Nestle announced that it was withdrawing two types of beef pasta meals from supermarkets in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA.

A problem was identified with a supplier in Germany, H J Schypke, it said.

Two other German companies, Dreistem-Konserven and Vossko, have been accused of manufacturing products containing horsemeat. Both have also blamed their own suppliers.

On Friday, Germany's consumer affairs ministry announced that it had now found traces of horse DNA in 67 of 830 food products tested.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 00:57

That is fine with me.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 00:59

"But, think of the horses ..."

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:00

"But, think of the horses ..."



Better than the glue factory. :)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:02

The opposition dismissed the idea, but a priest said it should be considered.


Why is a priest involved in these discussions?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:04

^ Maybe he owns race horses.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:05

Never heard of people eating horse meat ...

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:07

Why is a priest involved in these discussions?


It is Friday during Lent. :)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:08

Never heard of people eating horse meat ...


I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't added into beef from time to time. Most people probably wouldn't know the difference.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:11

I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't added into beef from time to time. Most people probably wouldn't know the difference.


That's kind of what all the fuss is about.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:12

I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't added into beef from time to time. Most people probably wouldn't know the difference.


Next thing you know, it will be granny.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:16

Next thing you know, it will be granny.


I bet you could find a finger in there now if you looked hard enough. :D

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:21

Never heard of people eating horse meat ...


It's quite common in much of Europe, nothing wrong with it at all. The problem here is mislabelling.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:35

Why is a priest involved in these discussions?


CDU stands for Christian Democratic Union.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:41

But not our poor. Send it to Africa. *cough*