April 11- Europe's horsemeat scandal takes a new turn after authorities in the Netherlands recall 50,000 tonnes of meat over fears that it may contain horsemeat. Joanna Partridge reports
This Dutch meat processing firm is at the centre of new concerns about contaminated beef in Europe. Food authorities in the Netherlands have ordered around 50,000 tonnes of meat to be withdrawn from sale because it could contain horsemeat. They say wholesaler Willy Selten, and another firm - Wilijo Import en Export - supplied it to 16 European countries from January 2011. SOUNDBITE: Benno Bruggink, Dutch Food Authority Spokesman, saying (English): "We do not know how much has been eaten or sold, we expect that a reasonable amount has been eaten because we are talking about the period of over two years, so it's not exactly clear, but that which we can retrieve, we will." The meat was sold to over 370 companies across Europe. That includes 130 firms in the Netherlands, 124 in Germany, around 71 in Spain and 55 in France. It's thought the meat could have ended up in frozen products. Some Dutch consumers feel the horse has already bolted. SOUNDBITE: Maria, Utrecht resident, saying (Dutch): "Don't destroy it, just don't destroy it, let it be bought by whoever wants to buy it." SOUNDBITE: Joost, Passer-by, saying (Dutch): "So you think you bought pork or beef in the supermarket, but you actually bought horsemeat? Well we won't ever find that out, right? Anyway, i can't really taste the difference between horsemeat and beef, so it doesn't really matter to me." While there's not thought to be much risk to health, it could mean further damage to Europe's food industry. Back in January, tests in Ireland revealed some beef products contained horsemeat. That led to recalls of ready-made meals in many countries - and damaged consumer confidence, Many were shocked by the long journey food makes to our plates and its lack of traceability. On Tuesday, British supermarket chain Asda said low levels of a horse pain-killing drug known as "bute" had been found in tins of its corned beef, the first such case in Britain. And the European Commission is due to reveal the results of their tests on processed meat next week.