Mafia Connection in Europe Horse-meat Scandal & Not in U.S.?

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 1:39 AM
February 28, 2013

burger-beef-not     After covering fake and substitute seafoods in fish markets, grocery stores and restaurants in the United States for the weeks, I am skeptical of FDA’s insistence that horse meat––in frozen burgers at least––are not in this country.

        For one thing, as Tara Lohan exposes in ‘Nestlé Recall and Mafia Connections: 5 Things You Should Know As Horse Meat Scandal Grows:’  “Experts within the horse slaughter industry have told the Observer there is evidence that both Polish and Italian mafia gangs are running multimillion-pound scams to substitute horsemeat for beef during food production.

        “There are claims that vets and other officials working within abattoirs and food production plants are intimidated into signing off meat as beef when it is in fact cheaper alternatives such as pork or horse.”

        It is estimated that frozen meats in Europe may have been moved through hundreds of countries.  Lohan points to a Dutch trading company called Draap––which spelled backwards is the Dutch word for horse––which is registered in Cyprus but has ‘an offshore vehicle’ in the British Virgin Islands.

        She points out that it was revealed in a criminal trial against “a Dutch fraudster . . . Jan Fasen,” that he had sent horsemeat to France imported “from South America and Mexico fraudulently labeled as Dutch and German ‘beef’––a practice that had been going on since 2007.

        In another story, ‘Buffalo, Donkey & Goat Meat Found in Beef Products,’ U.K.’s Guardian cites a report by three professors at Stellenbosch University that “99 of 139 samples” of “beef burger patties, sausages and deli meats” in South Africa were from animals in that title as well as soya, gluten and pork.

        One of the researchers, Professor Louwrens C. Hoffman, says:  “This study confirms that the mislabeling of horse-sectionsprocessed meats is commonplace in South Africa and not only violates food labeling regulations but also poses economic, religious, ethical and health impacts.”  Paramount in those concerns is health.

        Because the the FDA (Food Drug Administration) has not issued a definitive and official position about substitute fish products, why is it assumed believable when that agency insists American hamburger meat is not also tainted?

        Is FDA saying that this country does not ever import meats from Mexico, South America, or the Virgin Islands, etc.? Is that same agency––which approved genetically engineered vegetables in our stores, and announced last December that it is about to approve “genetically engineer salmon,” jokingly referred to as “Frankenfish,” for our grocery shelves––now claiming adequate tests of our meats?

        Such criminal malfeasance should not take place in the U.S., Europe, South Africa or any where else.  It must stop.  Otherwise the world is looking at the slow mass poisons of billions of people as Bible prophecies set forth in Revelation 6: 8: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill . . .”

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