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Poland: We sold nearly 10 tonnes of suspect meat, 2,700 kilogrammes to EU

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Polish companies at the heart of a food safety scandal sold nearly 10 tonnes of suspect meat to food processing plants, with around a third exported to European Union countries, Poland’s chief veterinarian Pawel Niemczuk said on Thursday.

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Niemczuk said police have launched a criminal investigation into two companies after an undercover reporter filmed sick cows being taken for slaughter.

The police were not immediately available for comment.

“Our neighbours were asking about details of actions we have taken. I have convinced most of the countries that this situation in Poland was an individual case… The ware is being voluntarily withdrawn,” Niemczuk said.

Food processing plants received around 9,500 kg of suspect meat from the two companies, Pawel Niemczuk said at a news conference. Of that, 2,700 kilogrammes went to fellow EU countries including Sweden, France and Portugal, he said.

The authorities launched food safety inspections in the wake of the report which was shown by private broadcaster TVN.

Suspect meat exports also reached Romania, Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Spain, Lithuania and Slovakia, he said.

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