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10 detained in Romania over meat trafficking

March 13, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors have detained 10 people on suspicion of trafficking meat and eggs not fit for human consumption from Western Europe and reselling it in Romania.

Romanian prosecutors said Thursday the meat was mixed with other products in abattoirs and sold on the black market. Consumer protection officials Wednesday withdrew 229 tons of meat products from the capital Bucharest and elsewhere.

Vladimir Manastireanu, chief of the state authority in charge of animal safety, said Thursday the meat had not been sold in major supermarket chains. There were no immediate reports of people getting sick.

Prosecutors said 80 people are suspected of importing meat and eggs from the Netherlands, Poland, Britain and Germany without paying sales tax, costing the state euros 15 million ($21 million).

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