Austria stops supply of meat products to Customs Union

Austria is stopping the supply of meat products to the Customs Union because horse meat has been found in products manufactured by one Austrian enterprise, Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor reported, citing a letter by Austria's chief sanitary inspector Ulrich Herzog addressed to Rosselkhoznadzor Director Sergei Dankvert.

The letter says the Austrian veterinary services "have reached an agreement with representatives of the Austrian economy that no meat will be supplied to the countries of the Customs Union until the situation is clarified."

Herzog also asked Dankvert to provide detailed information on the horse DNA found in Austrian products as soon as possible.

According to the report, Rosselkhoznadzor and European Commission experts will have a phone conference on Friday to discuss the technical aspects of product tests for foreign DNA.

According to earlier reports, the hotdogs in which horse meat was found was supplied to Russia by the company Landhof. The batch has been seized and the enterprise has lost its right to supply its products to Russia and other countries of the Customs Union.

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