No horse meat traces found on St. Maarten

POSTED: 02/26/13 3:33 PM

St. Maarten –After the Health Inspectorate was alerted about tainted European food products with traces of horse meat, the Inspectorate carried out local inquiries with food importers to find out if any of the products are available for sale on local store shelves, and was informed that this is not the case.

European health authorities continue to deal with the situation of horse meat falsely labeled as beef and other products which was sold in Europe and the United Kingdom.

These tainted products have been found in several countries such as; United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway.

Food products in another 11 EU countries may be affected.

The issue was unearthed in January in Ireland and the United Kingdom when health officials conducting routine checks found horse DNA in frozen beef burgers.

The EU has implemented a major DNA testing program to ascertain how much of the horse meat is being sold as beef and other products.

The United Kingdom Food Standards Agency has doubled the scope of its testing for food authenticity.

The Health Inspectorate which falls under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor will continue to monitor the situation in Europe.


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Comments (1)


  1. Carrol says:

    Was any actual traceback conducted? Did any checks go back through the entire processing systems on meat ingriendients? Did they check packages/packaging (two seperate things) to ensure that what was listed on them were actually the manufacturer information and not the distributors? Did they check lot codes? Were any destination samples submitted to a certified laboratory? You cannot take the word of the retailers or even depend on invoices, you have to actually conduct destructive open package inspections

    Consumer Safety Officer