Police say a German businessman at the centre of a european food safety scare into the sale of rotten meat and vegetables has committed suicide.
Officials found more than 200 tonnes of suspect foodstuffs at the 74 year old’s premises, some of it four years out of date. Police inspector Josef Wilfling said evidence was emerging of a clandestine network supplying fast food stands:
“He supplied frozen meat to people who bought it, it was then thawed to be used in Doner kebabs, it was then frozen again and put into his storehouse where it sat for another two years or so and then it was sold again.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the case has revealed weak links in the country’s food safety system:
“We need a general standard for all of Germany, even though this falls under the individual jurisdiction of the federal states. You cannot simply act locally.”
It is thought that 90 tonnes of the meat were exported before the alarm was raised. The EU countries concerned are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. They were immediately notified by the electronic rapid alert system which allows EU countries to identify risks to the food and feed chain within the shortest time possible.