VIENNA (AP) — What came first — the foal in the salami or the label telling Austrian consumers they were buying horse meat?
Food inspectors are asking that question after finding adulterated labels on salami. The word "beef" was crossed out with a marker and replaced by "foal." Manufacturers say the handwritten re-designation is not a shamefaced attempt to come clean amid increased Europe-wide perusal of what's in the wurst. Instead, they say they did not have enough printed labels to properly identify the salami, so they took ones meant for their beef product and rewrote them.
The salami was found in a food store in Feldkirch, a town about 240 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Vienna. Food inspector Alfred Dutzler said Friday that the ingredients of the sausage were being closely examined.