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Hum    6,930

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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+Gary7    7,369

That is fine with me.

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Hum    6,930

"But, think of the horses ..."

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+Gary7    7,369

"But, think of the horses ..."

Better than the glue factory. :)

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Growled    3,880
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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Hum    6,930

^ Maybe he owns race horses.

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+J. X. Maxwell    2,142

Never heard of people eating horse meat ...

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+Gary7    7,369

Why is a priest involved in these discussions?

It is Friday during Lent. :)

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Growled    3,880

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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FlintyV    732

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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Hum    6,930

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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Growled    3,880

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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+FloatingFatMan    13,400

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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jakem1    1,610

Why is a priest involved in these discussions?

CDU stands for Christian Democratic Union.

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Phouchg    2,050

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

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tiagosilva29    885

I have no problem with that.

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LUTZIFER    473

That's just sick. Not much different than grinding up freshly dead people, wouldn't want to waste good meat. No sicker really.

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seta-san    1,087

it's not that bad. It's a leaner, gamier, meat. It's probably more healthy than beef and likely doesn't have the added problems of steroids, growth hormones, and antibiotics thrown it at like candy.

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Gasoau    19

That's just sick. Not much different than grinding up freshly dead people, wouldn't want to waste good meat. No sicker really.

Human Meat Gotta try that

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Alwaysonacoffebreak    692

That's just sick. Not much different than grinding up freshly dead people, wouldn't want to waste good meat. No sicker really.

Have you tried it? I have, it's not bad, it actually tastes like other meat out there. So lets just throw away good, eatable meat rather than give it away to families that need it. Yeah right..

If you would only know that people in some Balkan countries actually eat it day to day..oh god those cannibals, how dare they.

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HawkMan    5,164

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

Actually the problem is that they used old work and race horses, which aren't bred for food and are full of drugs. Also the meat on work and race horses aren't as good either hard and stringy.

meanwhile proper horse meat is supposed to be more tender than beef when done right and have a sweeter taste to it.

And I don't see why it should be given to the poor, it's a more expensive luxury meat, except for the meat from race and work horses which aren't fit for consumption anyway.

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XerXis    251

I don't see the problem, instead of throwing all that food (which is not dangerous nor bad) away, why not give it to the needy? It's winter, they are in for hard times, I'm pretty sure they will not decline it just because it's horse meat instead of beef. In most european countries eating horse is normal anyway, the discussion is not about it being horse meat, but about it being mislabeled.

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Knife Party    630

mmm, horse steaks here we come

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+Mirumir    5,226

It's probably more healthy than beef and likely doesn't have the added problems of steroids, growth hormones, and antibiotics thrown it at like candy.

You've missed muscle pain relievers - the whole package is exactly what the race horses are given. And since the origin of the mislabled horsemeat is unknown, no one can guarantee that there was no exposure to such risk.

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tiagosilva29    885
And I don't see why it should be given to the poor, it's a more expensive luxury meat, except for the meat from race and work horses which aren't fit for consumption anyway.
In my country horse meat (from breeding mares) is actually cheaper. It's only expensive in country that list it as a gourmet meat.

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