Beef from sick cows at a shuttered Polish abattoir may have been passed off as at prime Argentinian cuts at upscale Prague restaurants, according to Czech Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman.
The Polish beef scandal has been making waves in the EU after video from the abattoir surfaced online and various countries began to limit meat imports from Poland.
One of the affected countries was the Czech Republic, which estimated that 300 kilograms of suspect Polish beef had made its way across the border.
Investigating where that beef wound up, Czech officials made an even more worrying discovery: the meat was in upscale Prague restaurants, disguised as prime Argentinian steaks.
“I want to assure you that the meat did not go to any low-end restaurants, it was found in luxury restaurants, especially in Prague,” Czech Agriculture Minister Toman told reporters this morning.
“It was taken by a restaurant that then passed off the Polish meat as Argentinian and sold it for 1000 crowns.”
While Toman did not name the restaurant in question, he referred to it “Asian.”
“And I don’t mean Chinese,” he added.
The meat is currently being inspected by Czech officials, and Toman added that if any contamination was found the State Veterinary Administration would take extraordinary measures.
While officials have yet to uncover any beef that had been contaminated by veterinary drugs, the Ministry has urged citizens to avoid Polish beef in favor of Czech alternatives.
Should any contamination be detected, a full ban on Polish beef may result.