Report: French fears over donkey meat from Romania

Traditional horse-drawn carts have been banned from Romanian roads. Credit: REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

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.