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Are we headed for Horsegate 2.0? Covid-19 escalates risk of fraud

In the meat sector, species substitution fraud occurs when food producers substitute or add meat species which are cheaper, but not necessarily desirable, for economic gain.

The most famous example of fraudulent species substitution was detected in 2013. In the Horsemeat Scandal, horsemeat was identified in prepared frozen and meat products that were said to contain beef.

Seven years on, experts say COVID-19 is increasing the risk of food fraud in the meat sector. Are we headed for Horsegate 2.0?

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