Horse meat found at just two companies: interim report

Horsemeat has been found at two meat-handling companies, but no traces were found so far in other samples of Dutch beef products, according to an interim report from food safety body NVWA.

The NVWA is conducting a full-scale investigation and has taken 370 samples so far, none of which contain horse dna, says Nos television. The samples came from abattoirs, processing plants and supermarkets.

The two companies under suspicion are a meat processing plant in Oss and a meat dealer in Breda. Both cases have been handed over to the public prosecutor, says the Nos.

Junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma, who sent the interim report to parliament, told her colleagues in Brussels on Monday the EU should create a register of people and companies who are prosecuted for food fraud.