Another merchant arrested over unfit meat

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8 September 2007, Itzehoe, Germany (dpa) - A German scandal over merchants who passed off slaughterhouse waste as valuable meat widened Friday with prosecutors saying they have arrested another businessman before he fled to Turkey. The 41 tons of offcuts and scraps, which under German law are unfit for human consumption, were minced to make meat rolls for the popular Turkish snack doner kebab. The meat-roll manufacturer, 53, in the town of Itzehoe north-west of Hamburg was detained on Wednesday after it wa

8 September 2007

Itzehoe, Germany (dpa) - A German scandal over merchants who passed off slaughterhouse waste as valuable meat widened Friday with prosecutors saying they have arrested another businessman before he fled to Turkey.

The 41 tons of offcuts and scraps, which under German law are unfit for human consumption, were minced to make meat rolls for the popular Turkish snack doner kebab.

The meat-roll manufacturer, 53, in the town of Itzehoe north-west of Hamburg was detained on Wednesday after it was learned he had a booking to fly to his native Turkey, but has since been freed on bail, the prosecutors said.

A week ago, prosecutors in Bavaria said an abattoir had quietly sold 180 tons of re-labelled scraps to a Berlin merchant over recent years, yielding both a tidy profit. Police have begun checking the abattoir's records.

The abattoir chief, 56, admitted the manipulation. Though no one has fallen ill from eating the meat, there was outrage throughout Germany at the fraud.

Near Hamburg, prosecutors said they acted on a tip-off from an employee that the Itzehoe merchant had bought "meat not permitted for human consumption and without any certification of origin."

On Tuesday, 5 tons of meat was seized at his premises and would be examined by experts. The merchant supplied snackbars in the north of Germany. The rolls are grilled on a spit, and the meat is sliced and sold with bread.

The prosecutors said it seemed that the meat would not have posed any health risk to people eating it.

DPA

Subject: German news

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