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Icelandic tests reveal beef pie has... no meat content whatsoever

“It was labelled as beef pie, so it should be beef pie,” says a baffled inspector.

A beef pie. Presumably containing beef.
A beef pie. Presumably containing beef.
Image: Shishberg via Flickr

HERE’S ONE you probably weren’t expecting — meat pies with no meat.

When officials in Iceland began hearing about horse meat being secreted into beef products around Europe, they decided to run tests to ensure the same thing was not happening in Iceland.

Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson says his team did not find any horse meat, but one brand of locally produced beef pie left it stumped.

That’s because… it contained no meat at all.

“That was the peculiar thing,” Hreinsson said in a telephone interview.

It was labelled as beef pie, so it should be beef pie.

Hreinsson said it appeared to be some kind of vegetable matter. He said the mystery pie was traced to a firm in western Iceland and the case had been handed to municipal authorities.

Read: UK: Four new products found to contain horsemeat

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