After it was reported last week that beef pies produced by Icelandic company Gæðakokkar contained no beef (or any other meat) testing being carried out by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has continued to turn up interesting results. Most notably, a “French style” garlic dish being sold at Krónan contains no garlic, RÚV reports.
Many companies have been caught skimping on the amount of meat being used in their products, mislabeling the type or quantity of meat used, or just omitting certain meats entirely. Gæðakokkar’s lamb meatballs are labeled as containing beef, but contain none. Moreover, the origin of beef included in some products of Bónus, Kjöthöllin, Köstur, Krónan, and Sláturfélagi Suðurlands (SS), is not listed on the product labels.
The ground beef from SS, Iceland’s largest slaughterhouse, also tested as containing more than just the beef (meat of an adult cow) it should contain. Instead the ground beef is a mixture of all kinds of cattle – bull, adolescent cows, young cows, etc.
It looks like many Icelandic food producers are going to have to step up their game when it comes to properly labeling their products and remember to include key ingredients in their foods. Then again, questionable quality perhaps shouldn’t come as a massive shock in a country that was knowingly feeding industrial salt to its residents for over a decade.
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