Wannabe butcher’s home Wurst factory closed

It turns out that home-made food isn't always the best, as an illegal sausage making operation has been closed down in Offenbach, Hessen due to dreadful hygiene conditions.

Wannabe butcher's home Wurst factory closed
Mince mania: 500kg of minced meat found in tubs. Photo: DPA

After a neighbour noticed a foul smell emanating from an apartment in Offenbach, the veterinary inspection authorities discovered any sausage lover's worst nightmare when they arrived to check.

Hhalf a ton of raw minced meat lay in tubs on the hallway floor, a sausage stuffing machine in the living room, and a vat of pig's intestines in the kitchen.

None of the meat was refrigerated and so the covert Wurst workshop had to be shut down, reported Hessiche Rundfunk.

The wannabe butcher had no qualifications or license, according to the reports from the authorities. He was intending to sell his premium produce at a festival in Frankfurt this summer. 

The man is now being investigated and the sausages have been destroyed, so festival goers across Germany can breathe a sigh of relief.

The police are treating this as a one-off incident, and don’t believe they have uncovered an underground meat mafia in the city.

Hot dog German style: two Wiener Würtschen with mustard and a bread roll. Photo: DPA

Frankfurt, which is right next to Offenbach, has a significant heritage when it comes to sausages, as the city gives its name to the famous frankfurter, the bun-filler of choice of the American hot dog.

The original banger from Frankfurt, which dates back to the 13th century, known as the “Frankfurter Würstchen”, is made out of pork only.

But the type that has become famous around the world also contains beef. It is known in Germany as “Wiener Würstchen”(little sausage from Vienna), which is where the American word wiener comes from, because this variation were popularized in the Austrian capital in the 19th century.

Only sausages that are actually made in Frankfurt can be called Frankfurter Würstchen. The lack of beef found in the aspiring butcher's home-made sausage factory means that he could have been attempting to crack the locally protected delicacy.

By Matty Edwards

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.