No horse meat risk, min­is­ter says

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

As state ve­teri­nary in­spec­tors con­tin­ued with checks on food man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers in the wake of a horse meat scan­dal, Deputy Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Max­i­mos Harakopou­los in­sisted yes­ter­day that “there is no pub­lic health risk.”

The re­sults of tests on goods stored at ware­houses, re­tail out­lets and ca­ter­ing ser­vices are ex­pected later this week. Athens pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Pana­giota Fakou has joined the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and is in con­tact with the Gen­eral Chem­i­cal State Lab­o­ra­tory and the fi­nan­cial po­lice, who are in­spect­ing firms that im­port food. Mean­while Swedish fur­ni­ture re­tailer Ikea has with­drawn meat­balls from out­lets in Greece af­ter traces of horse meat were found in the same prod­uct in the Czech Repub­lic.

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