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Old meat rations on sale in Sweden

Published: 26 Sep 2009 11:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Sep 2009 11:31 GMT+02:00

Following revelations that Swedish meat supplies from the Cold War era are being served up in restaurants in Poland, its has been revealed that tinned rations are also on sale in Sweden.

Meat from stockpiles dating back 27 years is being sold on Swedish websites, according to an investigation by the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

SvD recently uncovered details that Sweden phased out 1.5 million kilograms of meat in the late 1990s. Conserved between 1983 and 1993, it had a recommended durability of ten years and was sold to a trading company by the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

According to a follow-up article, a number of Swedish websites are also selling the meat. "Consumers can use it for whatever they want," one seller told the newspaper.

"Either they eat it themselves or use it as petfood. We inform them about the use-by-date and they should be aware of it. But we eat the supplies too, I am almost sick of the stuff."

Minutes after speaking to the paper, the meat was removed from the seller's website.

Sweden's National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) say they will investigate the issue further. "This is new information to us," spokesperson Peter Brådenmark told SvD.

"Those that sell the product have a responsibility. It is not enough for them to say it tastes good, it must undergo laboratory tests."

The meat, sold on to restaurants and served up for school dinners in Poland, has been declared rancid and decayed following analysis from an agricultural college in Warsaw. The tests were carried out on behalf of SvD and Polish television programme Uwaga.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:16 September 26, 2009 by Edmond Schindler
The meat was sold in the LATE 1990's, packed in the early 90's with a 10 year shelf life?

I believe this purging of nearly expired meat by putting it in the hands of resellers was a mistake. It should have been donated to a responsible cause that would provide for its consumption directly. Not re-sold for profit knowing it will PROBABLY be resold again with high risks attached, I think there is some liability here on the part of the "Swedish Board of Agriculture" for not properly disposing of this potentially deadly material and there by ENSURE the public safty.

It was and is their responsibility for putting it into the public stream.
00:15 September 27, 2009 by jose_s
Responsibility is no longer in the swedish dictionary.
01:11 September 28, 2009 by Atlas
Nope, it isn't. Profit & greed has taken up the place, so please be sure to update your dictionary...
07:27 September 28, 2009 by bettan1
I'm sure they dumped their greedy 25% tax on top of it as well.
20:17 September 28, 2009 by Raffs
25% tax? more like 50% tax!!!!
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