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The horsemeat scandal is feared to have reached Germany after the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) warned frozen lasagne products containing horsemeat may have been mislabelled and sent to retailers.
The state's Ministry of Compliance claimed the products were delivered "on a large scale across Germany and NRW”, Die Welt reported.
It alleges the products came into Germany via a supplier in Luxembourg between November 2012 and January 2013.
Major German supermarket chain Tengelmann confirmed it is recalling supplies of its own brand frozen lasagne amid fears it may contain horsemeat, but it did not reveal who had supplied the Attraktiv und Preiswert (Attractive and Good) lasagne.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will fly to Brussels for a horsemeat summit - after two British processing plants were raided and shut down as part of the inquiry into the scandal.
EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg and other European ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to consider the implications of horsemeat found in products sold as beef, the current EU president country Ireland said.
Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wants to discuss "whatever steps may be necessary at EU level to comprehensively address this matter", the Irish government said in a statement on its EU presidency website.
A French politician has said a ban on horse and donkey-drawn carts in Romania may be partly responsible for the current meat contamination scandal across Europe, The Independent has reported.
Jose Bove, vice-president of the European Parliament agriculture committee, has claimed a change in Romania's road rules has sent "millions" of the animals to the abattoir, whereupon they are processed into food products.
The newspaper said French food industry officials believe some of the horse meat found in supermarket products may in fact be donkey meat.
The Romanian government has launched an investigation after speculation grew that the source of the horsemeat scandal could be an abattoir in Romania.
France's foreign minister came on national television this evening, to demand those responsible to be brought to justice.
The government has been accused of acting too slowly to the growing horsemeat scandal.
Horsemeat was found in the food chain three weeks ago but Labour said ministers had failed to grasp the seriousness of the problem. The row came as six French supermarket chains today withdrew products under suspicion.
Sue Saville reports:
Horses in Romania, which are the source of the latest horsemeat contamination, are "endemically" infected by a disease known as "horse AIDS", reports the Daily Telegraph.
Three years ago the EU banned Romania from exporting horses with the disease, as well as live exports of all Romanian horses.
ITV News' correspondent Damon Green reports from the Spanghero food factory, a French food supplier that says it is ready to sue the Romanian source of its meat.
Romania's agricultural minister Daniel Constantin has responded to claims that horsemeat found in a number of frozen food products is reported to have come from Romania. Mr Constantin said:
"I asked for a report (regarding horsemeat export) and I don't want to comment before president of the Sanitary-Veterinary Authority present it to me.
"I hope to identify them (exporters) as soon as possible. In the end it is a matter of products control here, before they left for other EU markets."
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