More than a million tins of corned beef have been recalled from supermarket shelves across Europe. The meat was produced in France, but has also been exported to Britain and Ireland. The product’s been declared unfit for human consumption but is not thought to pose a danger to public health.
A Chief Executive of Covi, the French distributor sought to assure consumers, saying that the dangers are limited and that most of the meat underwent a sterilisation process that would have killed harmful bacteria on the meat. The problem was first identified in November after a health and safety inspection at Covi. The inspectorate’s director also insisted that there are no risks to consumers, it is purely a question of quality. The distributor Covi says the root of the problem lies with its supplier, Charal- France’s biggest meat producer- and is taking legal action. Most of the 1.2 million affected tins of corned beef have already been removed from the market.