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Portugal finds horsemeat in 79 tons of products

Portuguese authorities have said they have filed fraud cases after finding horsemeat in 79 tons of wholesale products and thousands of packaged meals.

The 79 tons of meat or meat-based products were seized in factories that process, pack and distribute to supermarkets in Portugal. Authorities seized 19,000 packages of prepared foods, such as lasagna, burgers, cannelloni and meatballs in stores and other distribution points.

Five criminal cases were filed after the seizures, the statement added, without giving further details. The horsemeat scandal broke in Europe a few weeks ago after traces of horse DNA were found in the UK and Ireland. Several countries afterwards found horsemeat in different products.

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