More records of rotten meat discovered in Berlin

3rd September 2007, Comments 0 comments

03 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Investigators have discovered more records of rotten meat sold as prime mincemeat in Berlin, investigators said Sunday, amid calls for tougher punishment for shady dealers.

03 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Investigators have discovered more records of rotten meat sold as prime mincemeat in Berlin, investigators said Sunday, amid calls for tougher punishment for shady dealers.

Prosecutors in the Bavarian city of Memmingen said last week that an abbatoir in the town of Wertingen had shipped between 140 and 160 tons of falsely labelled snips and leftovers to the German capital since June 2006.

Officials said that though the offcuts would have been edible, under German law such "category 3" cuts are waste and cannot be sold. The cuts are thought to have been put into mincers to make ground meat for the city's bargain-price snack vendors.

A Berlin city health spokeswoman said purchase records for 83 tons of the meat had been discovered so far. On Friday, only 49 tons had been accounted for.

Beate Merk, minister of justice in Bavaria state, was among those calling for harsh punishment for the merchants.

"We have to take a stand against illegal meat trading," she said in remarks to appear Monday in the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. "Manipulating this revolting meat is a serious crime and should be punished accordingly."

dpa

Subject: German news

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