German meat merchant switched venison for elk

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22 November 2006, Landshut, Germany (dpa) - A German meat merchant who supplied cheap venison instead of expensive diced elk to customer restaurants at Swedish-owned home-furnishings chain Ikea was given a two-year suspended jail sentence Tuesday for fraud. Karl Heinz Berger, 51, was one of a series of merchants in Germany accused of supplying "bad meat" over the past two years. Although the term suggests putrid meat, in most cases the product has been edible but past its sell-by date, or has contained off

22 November 2006

Landshut, Germany (dpa) - A German meat merchant who supplied cheap venison instead of expensive diced elk to customer restaurants at Swedish-owned home-furnishings chain Ikea was given a two-year suspended jail sentence Tuesday for fraud.

Karl Heinz Berger, 51, was one of a series of merchants in Germany accused of supplying "bad meat" over the past two years. Although the term suggests putrid meat, in most cases the product has been edible but past its sell-by date, or has contained offal or cheap cuts.

Berger admitted to a state court at Landshut in Bavaria that he had fraudulently sold cheap meat as if it were quality meat for years. His company, Berger Wild, went into insolvency after the revelations.

The principal allegation was that the company supplied meat for "premium goulash" to the caterers at the Scandinavian theme restaurants in Germany. Because hunters could not shoot enough elk or moose, cheap venison was mixed with the product to bulk it up.

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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