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EU ministers call for emergency meat testing

Wednesday - 2/13/2013, 4:22pm  ET

French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, center, talks with British Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs Owen William Paterson, right, and President of the EU rotating Council and Ireland's Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, at the European Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Agriculture ministers from the EU countries most affected by the scandal over horse meat found in products labelled as beef, were due to meet for an exchange of information in Brussels on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

RAF CASERT
Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union nations on Wednesday called for more intensive testing for a month to try to contain the scandal in which horsemeat was sold as beef.

The emergency meeting at EU headquarters included nations most affected by the horsemeat scandal that has swept through Europe, with millions of burgers and frozen meals recalled across the continent.

Ireland's Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney suggested the scandal would likely spread further as more countries test beef.

Germany said Wednesday it had received a shipment of tainted frozen meals and Norway pulled products from its stores.

Ireland found horsemeat in burgers last month after routine testing.

"Once we got the positive test and the investigation was under way, obviously other countries followed suit," said Coveney, who chaired the meeting. "As they tested they found that the problem has been getting bigger and bigger."

The nations also proposed that investigations in Ireland, France, the Netherlands and other nations should now be coordinated by the EU's Europol law enforcement agency.


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