The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) recalled around 50,000 tonnes of beef sold across Europe on fears that it might contain horse meat.
There are currently no concrete indications that there is a danger to public health. However, since the origin of the meat was not clear, the food watchdog said food safety could not be guaranteed, reported Xinhua.
"Under legislation, we were forced to mark the meat as improper for human consumption or animal feed," the NVWA stated Wednesday.
The meat was supplied by two Dutch trading companies and spread over more than 130 companies in the Netherlands.
Some 370 companies from different European countries are among the customers. The NVWA informed the EU member states concerned, including Germany, France and Spain, of the recall through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and asked them to inform the customers in these countries.
The member states are responsible for any follow-up steps.