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Wednesday, April 4
Horse and Donkey Meat Found in Georgian Food Products

The National Food Agency (NFA) has reported finding horse and donkey meat in a number of products made in Georgia.

While inspecting 20 meat products in Tbilisi, 9 were made with horse and donkey meat.

“NFA checked 20 samples and found 9 cases of violations. 7 samples contained horse meat, while 2 samples contained horse and donkey meat simultaneously,” the agency reported on Tuesday.

Horse and donkey meat was found in the following products: khinkali, meatballs and kebabs.

Producers of the products were fined with 1,000 GEL.

Individual entrepreneur David Tsotskolauri’s products were inspected and discovered the violation of sanitary and hygienic norms.

LLC Mada, LLC Lashari, LLC Merkado, LLC Gio, LLC Kedari – these companies were identified as sellers of the products containing horse and donkey meat.

President pardoned 3,655 prisoners in total

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has granted amnesty to 3,655 prisoners since December 2013. 1,645 out of the pardoned had committed grave crimes and 1,812 were convicted for drug-related crimes.

296 prisoners had been charged for the drug- related crimes, not drug-dealing.

The number of pardoned prisoners during Margvelashvili’s presidency:
2013 – 71
2014 - 787;
2015 -1006;
2016 - 834;
2017 - 840;
2018 - 117.
(By Mariam Chanishvili)