Gang sold tons of horse disguised as beef and put rotting meat in hamburgers, Brazilian officials say

A gang of six people accused of stealing horses for slaughter and selling the meat to restaurants disguised as beef has been arrested in southern Brazil, 관계자에 따르면.

A statement from the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul (MPRS) on Thursday said the gang distributed more than 800 킬로그램 (1,763 파운드) of hidden horse meat per week to restaurants in the Caxias do Sul region. 까지 60% of restaurants in the area with beef on the menu had unwittingly bought horse meat from the gang disguised in steaks and hamburgers, public health officials said.
Inspectors also discovered other forms of spoiled meatincluding rotting pork, turkey and leftover food from pig-feeding establishmentswere mixed inside the hamburgers, 진술에 따르면.
    Officials said an investigation was launched two months ago after the local Agricultural Defense Inspectorate raised the alarm. Forensic tests carried out in restaurants selling hamburgers in Caxias do Sul confirmed the presence of horse DNA in the food, according to prosecutor Alcindo Bastos, who coordinated the operation.
      The six people arrested are also accused of running an illegal abattoir with poor hygiene, insanitary conditions and without the authorization to process or sell any kind of meat.
        Judge Maria Cristina Rech remanded the six into preventative detention pending trial because the gang represented a serious threat to public health, according to MPRS.
          The case echoes a 2013 food scandal, in which authorities across Europe discovered widespread use of horse meat in products labeled as beef.
            Many meat eaters in the United Kingdomwhere horse meat is generally considered taboowere revolted by the revelations. A further discovery that year of pig DNA in beef products was of particular concern to Jews and Muslims, whose dietary laws forbid eating pork.

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