The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) immediately sent someone to Kosovo in October 2016 when it was informed of label fraud there, the agency said on Tuesday in reaction to a report in Het Laatste Nieuws that meat frozen for 12 years had been delivered to Kosovo. The agency’s findings on the ground will be added to the dossier that will be submitted to Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme (Reformist Movement, MR) on Thursday.
According to a legal report that Het Laatste Nieuws was able to get hold of, “A truck transporting meat from the Veviba firm in Bastogne arrived in Kosovo on the 19 September 2016. Most of the labels were torn. Those that were still visible showed that the meat dated back to 2004. The labels also showed that some of the meat came from the abattoirs in Izegem and Harelbeke. It was repackaged in boxes with the Veviba brand number.”
The director of the FASFC was in for a rough time on Monday when he appeared before the Public Health Commission of the Chamber. He nevertheless defended the audit and the report requested by Minister Ducarme, who had asked that the reports of all checks done by FASFC at Veviba be submitted to him by Thursday.