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Local grocery retailer Delhaize Luxembourg is among those who have bought bad meat from the Belgian slaughterhouse at the centre of the scandal.
Luxembourg's Minister for Consumer Protection Fernand Etgen has said he is scandalised by recent revelations about the Veviba slaughterhouse in Bastogne, Belgium.
Veviba stands accused of processing meat past its sell-by date into ground meat. Freezing dates were reportedly manipulated and backdated incorrectly. Some of the meat, in particular oxtail meat, was reportedly never checked by vets.
Several Veviba employees, who requested anonymity, have said in an interview with Belgian television station RTL-Tvi that these are common practices in their business.
Since the scandal first broke, even more serious allegations have surfaced. According to Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Veviba has exported decade-old meat to Kosovo. Meat produced in 2004 was reportedly exported to the country in September 2016, a whopping 12 years later. Kosovan authorities noticed the irregularities and alerted Belgian authorities.
Meat imports to Luxembourg are not subject to systematic inspection. However, because of the smaller market and stricter tests for meat produced in Luxembourg, the chances of an incident such as this occurring in Luxembourg are rather slim, said Fernand Etgen, Luxembourg's consumer protection minister.
Luxembourg has received a list of locations where meat from Veviba has been sold to Luxembourg consumers. The list includes the Toufrais butcher's shop, a supplier to Delhaize Luxembourg. The supermarket chain has reacted by removing all affected products from their shelves. They have terminated their contract with Veviba, as have Colryt, Cactus and Auchan.
According to Dr Felix Wildschutz, director of Luxembourg's veterinary administration, Veviba's actions amounted consumer deception, but not a public health risk. However, with the revelations about Veviba's actions growing more serious, it remains to be seen whether this assessment can stand.