(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The European Commission Tuesday adopted a recommendation for a EU coordinated plan to investigate fraudulent practices and to enhance consumer confidence following the recent mislabeling of beef products containing horse meat.
The EU will grant financial support to EU Member States which carry out this plan at a rate of 75 percent. The controls are to start immediately, running for one month and may be extended for a further two months.
The plan includes the establishment of the presence of unlabeled horse meat in food and detection of possible residues of phenylbutazone in horse meat.
Phenylbutazone is a veterinary medicinal product whose use in food
producing animals, including horses, is illegal.
Over the last days, official controls in some EU countries revealed fraud in the marketing of foods.
Certain foods contained horse meat that was not declared in the list of ingredients and their description referred solely to the presence of beef.
The European Parliament's food safety committee has also called for more meat tests along the food chain in the wake of the horsemeat scandal during a debate on Monday.
"For many people, eating horse is unacceptable. Imagine if it were pork" said Chris Davis, a British MEP, during the debate.
"Responsibility must rest with the food manufacturers. Where is the evidence that the checks have been carried out by the national authorities?," he asked.