Horsemeat Scandal Widens, ‘May Be Donkey’

Shipped from Romania


The horsemeat scandal that has shaken the European beef market in recent weeks may worsen as French officials are now speculating that donkeys may be in the mix.

Much of the scandalous mystery meat comes from Romania where, until recently, horses and donkeys were allowed on public roads as a common form of transport. A law passed six years ago—but only recently enforced—banning horse- and donkey-drawn carts has sent hundreds of thousands of now obsolete animals to slaughter.

Initially thought only a British problem, the mystery meat has turned up in France and Sweden as well. French consumer minister Benoît Hamon has threatened legal action against the two French companies that handled the meat if it is discovered that they were aware of the horse and/or donkey meat beforehand.