Horsemeat supply chain questioned

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iol pic wld france - agriculture -horsemeat AFP French agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll.

Paris - France's agriculture minister says complex trading between wholesalers makes it increasingly difficult to trace the origins of food like the horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in frozen lasagna around Europe.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said the results of the investigation would be released on Wednesday, but he said it was already clear that Europe needs to find a way “out of the fog.”

No one has reported health risks from the mislabeled meat, which came from a complex supply chain.

An initial French investigation determined that French company Poujol bought frozen meat from a Cypriot trader. That trader got it from a Dutch company that received the meat from Romanian slaughterhouses.

“There are people who are out there to defraud, who are looking to cheat,” Le Foll said. - Sapa-AP

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