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Horse meat controversy spreads across Europe

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Ikea is the latest big name brand involved in the European horse meat scandal.

Inspectors from the Czech Republic found horse meat in over 1,600 pounds of meatballs headed the furniture store's restaurants.

Authorities say the packs of frozen meat were falsely labeled as beef and pork.

Horse meat has now been found in a number of processed products across Europe, in at least a dozen countries.

All over Europe, inspectors are carrying out DNA tests on suspect products to try to determine exactly how widespread the problem is.  One concern is that horsemeat can contain the residues of painkillers and other medications.

It was in Ireland and here in Britain that horsemeat was first discovered, in frozen meat products. But the source was later traced to a complex chain of suppliers across Europe.

Nestle, a global food producing giant, had to pull its beef pasta meals off shelves in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horse DNA in them.

In Britain, one grocery store was found to be selling burgers with as much as 25% horse meat.

No one knows exactly when horse meat came into the EU food chain and how much more of it is yet to be found.

The European Union is under pressure to find a fast solution as the scandal continues to grow.

European officials say the horse meat found in lasagna and other frozen dishes is a case of fraudulent labeling but does not pose a health risk.

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