Dutch meat giant Vion sold factory-farmed pork as organic ham

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One of Europe's biggest meat processing firms has deliberately sold ordinary ham labeled as organic meat, an independent investigation in to the company has found.

Meat processing company Vion has now admitted some of its workers committed fraud by mislabelling ordinary meat, after two long-serving members of staff went public with the claims.

The case involved 11 tonnes of ham processed at company's Encebe Vleesware unit which was sold over a three month period to a 'large number' of suppliers.


A commission under the leadership of former environment minister Hans Alders was set up to investigate the claims. Its report, published on Monday, said there is ‘no doubt' that the action was deliberate and that people in leadership functions must have been aware of it.

These people are ‘no longer in the jobs and no longer active in the company,' Vion said in a statement. ‘Encebe supports the Alders commission conclusions and is fully implementing all recommendations to prevent something like this happening again.

Alders earlier investigated other claims which said the company had been selling factory-farmed meat as more expensive product with a ‘better life' label. Alders said then there was no evidence of wrong-doing.

Vion is one of the biggest meat processors in Europe, supplying the Albert Heijn and Plus supermarket groups among others. The company booked turnover of €9.5bn in 2011.

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2 Comments To This Article

  • toni posted:

    on 24th December 2013, 11:38:31 - Reply

    No wonder Holland is becoming such a bad trademark. Tainted meat (horsemeat) Ham saga allowing Foundation Martijn make propaganda for pedophilia making women give birth WITHOUT pain killers to save cost Libor fraud Rabobank child porn in children care centers in NL (discovered by USA, not the Dutch) legalized soft drugs xenofobia endorsed by parliament (polenmeldpunt.nl) [Edited by moderator]
  • Mark posted:

    on 24th December 2013, 04:43:44 - Reply

    What a load of rubbish. Why would only (some) employees sell (only) ham to a wide client base - what real benefit is there to ordinary employees?. It is either the directors' intention to knowingly commit fraud, probably with some of the clients involved or someone is holding back on this story in fear that the widespread occurrence will do (further) damage to their business or the economy. What ever happend to those implicated in the horse meat saga?