The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has issued a preventative block on all shipments from an unnamed Dutch slaughterhouse after it found horsemeat in four shipments labelled 'beef'.

Investigators claimed the slaughterhouse in the eastern province of Gelderland "is not in order."

The movement of over 690 tons of meat has been blocked until the company can demonstrate the content and origin of the meat. It has been given until February 23 to provide traces for all meat, meat products and carcasses the business has had in its possession from January 1 2012 to January 23 2014.

The horsemeat scandal first hit news headlines last January and since then has seen authorities clamp down on meat product manufacturers and distributors.

However, since the height of the saga, there have been further concerns over horsemeat in the supply chain.

Towards the end of last year the UK Food Standards Agency uncovered horse DNA in tins of sliced beef on sale at UK discounters Home Bargains and Quality Save. The beef had been shipped in from Romania.

just-food also reported in December on the arrest of 20 people in France who were suspected of participating in illegal horse trafficking.

Staff from French trader Equidaniel were suspected of participating in the illegal trade, as well as employees from an abattoir in Spain.

Equidaniel is thought to have acquired some of the horses from French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur. The horses were said to have been used in scientific programmes between 2010 and 2012. Sanofi Pasteur told just-food the company had been the victim of fraud.

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News item Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority | January 29, 2014

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has lots of meat from a slaughterhouse in Gelderland to preventive block. During a criminal investigation by the Intelligence and Investigation Service (IOD) of the horses is NVWA DNA found in four batches of beef scraps from the slaughterhouse. An examination of the IOP that the administration of the company is not in order. Is not yet to ascertain what the parties beef horse meat. From the data of the company Also, according to the purchase records bought more horses than have been slaughtered. According to the slaughter register

All consignments of meat (over 690 tons) that the slaughterhouse has saved in various refrigeration houses are blocked until the company demonstrates the content and origin of consignments of meat is. In addition, the company NVWA summoned all meat, meat products and carcasses that the business between January 1, 2012 and January 23, 2014 has been tracking the market. If it appears that the products are not traceable, they do not meet the safety requirements and the company should take the products from the market.

The company has until February 3, 2014 in time given to show how it brings the tracing of products in order. If the company does not trace the fast order has the recognition of the slaughterhouse suspended and may not slaughter more. The slaughterhouse is meanwhile under close supervision of the NVWA. This means that there is a continuous veterinarian and inspector NVWA present during slaughter and that only animals may be in the presence of the NVWA. Argued The NVWA also oversees the disposal of consignments of meat from the slaughterhouse.

Original source: The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority