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Countries swap blame on horse meat

Scandal exposes supply intricacy

BUCHAREST — A maze of trading among meat wholesalers has made it increasingly difficult to trace the origins of food — enabling horse meat disguised as beef to be sold in frozen meals across Europe.

Countries and companies are increasingly blaming each other. On Monday, Romanian officials scrambled to defend two plants implicated in the scandal, saying the meat was properly declared and any fraud was committed elsewhere.

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