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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beef Exports Queried

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union said Tuesday it was launching an investigation into new allegations that British meat traders have shipped several dozen tons of beef to Germany in defiance of a worldwide ban on British beef exports.

EU officials said they wrote to German authorities Monday, asking them to close one meat processing plant and tighten inspection procedures on several others suspected of importing British beef.

"The origin of this illegal meat must be thoroughly investigated. [British] labels were taken off ... in violation of the embargo," said Filippo di Robilant, consumer affairs spokesman for the European Commission.