Meat butchered from sick cows was sold to nine countries, confirmed Poland’s Chief Veterinarian. It is being withdrawn from the markets now and disposed of.
Meat from the abattoir in Ostrów Mazowiecka, eastern Poland, accused of illegal slaughter was sold to several wholesalers in Poland and exported to nine European Union countries.
“Our priority now is to identify and withdraw that meat from the markets. I call for all member states that are concerned to act quickly. I also call for Poland to conclude the investigation as soon as possible and to do whatever it takes to eliminate such illegal practices, that can put public health in danger,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner.
The meat was butchered from sick cows and shouldn’t have been sold for human consumption. But apart from some Polish wholesalers it was sold to Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden too.
Poland produces over 550,000 tonnes of beef and beef products a year, which makes it the seventh-largest producer of cow meat in the EU.