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The horsemeat scandal. The scandal has revealed cracks in the continent's food supply chain
The horsemeat was first discovered in frozen hamburgers, but later in lasagne and more recently in the spaghetti product. The scandal has spread beyond Britain, revealing cracks in the continent's food supply chain. The only clear aspect of this international horse meat “crisis”, as it was named by the European Union, is that no one can name a country of origin with precision. Some of the meat came from Romania, some from Cyprus, but it does not account for the other numerous transports. In response to the large number of cases, the European Union has launched a plan to clarify the situation and establish how much of the meat contained a potentially dangerous analgesic called phenylbutazone - not that any cases of health problems have been reported so far. In addition, the European Commission will release a report after finding out where the horse meat came from. The document will, most likely, be made public at the end of the summer.