Czech veterinary inspectors have traced the deliveries of Salmonella-infected Polish beef that were shipped to the Czech Republic in recent weeks, according to a spokesman for the Czech Veterinary Authority reported.
According to the Czech authorities, 700 kg of infected meat had reached stores, restaurants, school canteens and hospitals, of which, 110 kg of the meat had already been consumed, according to the inspections.
As a result of the discovery, Czech authorities were forced to introduce strict controls on all beef imports from Poland. An incensed Polish government has protested the move, but the European Commission said on Frbruary 22 that it was up to the Czech Republic to take whatever appropriate proportionate measures that Prague thought was necessary, according to the Commission’s spokeswoman on Health, Anca Paduraru.
Using the same system to check the origin of the meat, 45kg of frozen kebab meat that have been ordered by the Slovenian company Alebon from Polish Efes-pol Fedai Simsek Sp.Zoo were also found to be infected.
Following the discovery of the contaminated meat by the Slovenes, the authorities in Slovakia opted to begin thorough inspections of all beef imported from Poland as of February 22, according to a statement by the Slovak Agriculture Ministry, whi added that their decision came after they disvocered that the infected meat that had made its way to meat Slovakia was part of the batch imported from Poland and to the Czech Republic.
The news of the situation comes just a few weeks before the European Commission is expected to send a team of investigators to Poland after meat from apparently sick cows was sold from a Polish slaughterhouse to 12 other EU countries.