EU to test contents of meat products after horse DNA found

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LONDON — The European Union agreed today to begin random DNA checks on meat products in a bid to put a lid on a spreading scandal over horsemeat.

In mid-January, Ireland’s food safety watchdog announced that it had discovered traces of horse DNA in burger products sold by major British and Irish supermarkets.

Since then, traces of horsemeat have turned up across Europe in frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna, as well as in in fresh beef pasta sauce, on restaurant menus, in school lunches and in hospital meals.

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