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Meat recalled over E.coli faeces fears

Meat recalled over E.coli faeces fears

Published: 16 Feb 2013 17:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Feb 2013 17:07 GMT+01:00

Around six tonnes of hamburger and kebab meat distributed and sold across Sweden may have been contaminated by intestinal bacteria which may have been caused by animal excrement.

The meat, which has been on sale across the country for the past four months, has been found to contain traces of the potentially life-threatening E.coli bacteria.

The contaminated meat was brought to the attention of the authorities when two children fell ill in Västerås in eastern Sweden in January.

"It's one of the most severe types of food poisoning that you can suffer from," said Helena Storbjörk Windahl at the Stockholm food safety authorities to the the Aftonbladet daily.

The beef has been traced to the distributor Sven P in Stockholm, but is originally from a slaughterhouse in the Netherlands.

During the slaughter process the faeces from the animals can infect the meat.

"If there is 12 tonnes coming in then you don't take a test on every little bit. One has to take a certain number of samples," said Yvonne Björling, Sven P's CEO to the newspaper.

Of the shipment of twelve tonnes, some six tonnes have to date been sold as ground beef and made into hamburgers or kebab meat, Björling said.

The remaining six tonnes has now been recalled.

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17:46 February 16, 2013 by wallpaper
is not it time to become vegetarian ? almost all news are related to meat scandals and threats
19:09 February 16, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
@wallpaper, you obviously have not been paying attention the past few years when massive E. Coli and Salmonella outbreaks have been traced to lettuce, spinach and other veggies. These have caused far more cases of illness and death than the meat-borne bacteria. Although I am all for reducing or eliminating meat from our diets for other reasons.
19:34 February 16, 2013 by muscle
@wallpaper its time to stop eating :P
19:41 February 16, 2013 by johan rebel
Shìt in, shìt out.
21:46 February 16, 2013 by mcarroll1
A picture speaks a thousand words. Kebab pizza is the most popular pizza topping in Sweden - if it looks like sh.t and tastes like sh.t then it must be sh.t.
01:23 February 17, 2013 by HenryPollard
If you don't like eating poop or ponies, just stop eating meat.
03:29 February 17, 2013 by Eric1
I thought the 5,000 government agencies that collect billions of Kronor per year was supposed to protect us from this. Socialism is great. We need more taxes, and we need 50 more government agencies hiring thousands to push more paper. Only this will save us, comrades.
11:16 February 17, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
@Eric1, how bad do you think this would have been if no governmental agencies were around to intervene, correct and hold those responsible accountable? Who would set the standards to follow? Who would enforce those standards? You? The free market? Ha.
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