The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) criticized all 16 products tested following the horse meat scandal in Europe. There was no horse in these products but, as it turned out, no meat at all in a beef pie from Gæðakokkar and no garlic in a French-style garlic dish from Krónan.
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MAST considered labeling to be insufficient in all cases. For example, there was no beef in Italian lamb meat balls from Gæðakokkar sold in Kostur, even though the product was also supposed to contain beef, ruv.is reports.
A statement of the origin of the beef in hamburgers from Bónus and Hallarborgarar from Kjöthöllin was found to be missing, as well as in ground beef from Íslenska kjötfélagið, as well as ground beef from young animals (ungnautahakk) from Kostur and Krónan and ground beef from SS.
The SS product is also falsely called ground beef as the label states that it is made of meat from beef cattle and may therefore also contain meat from cows.
No garlic was found in Frönsk hvítlaukspanna (French-style garlic dish) from Krónan and the label also doesn’t state the percentage of beef.
Many food producers don’t state the percentage of meat in their products, including ground lamb in the lamb meat balls from Gæðakokkar, beef in the lasagna from SS, beefsteak from Kostur and Hallarborgarar hamburgers from Kjöthöllin, which also leaves out the product’s weight.
Moreover, Íslenska kjötfélagið and Kostur don’t mention the fat percentage in their ground beef and the salted mincemeat from Fjarðarkaup is not salted meat, according to the label.