Sweden has been drawn into the horse-meat scandal which has caused consternation across Britain and Ireland.
Findus in Sweden said it was withdrawing its frozen 375-gram beef lasagna packs because testing revealed they contained horse meat.
This followed just days after it withdrew its beef lasagnas in Britain after testing revealed the product’s meat ranged from 60 per cent to 100 per cent horse.
Findus said the only product affected was its 375-gram lasagna product. It is understood about 20,000 such meals were withdrawn.
It said it had contacted all other beef suppliers and vendors of prepared foods containing beef and received assurances that its requirements and specifications were met.
Findus said there were no health risks attached to the product, and consumers were welcome to return it for a refund.
The company said it withdrew the lasagna from distribution warehourses on February 4, pending testing. Testing was then undertaken which revealed the presence of horse meat.
Findus Sweden AB is one of Sweden’s leading food companies, with more than 200 frozen products in its range.
It also markets more than 350 products for the restaurant and foodservice market.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Food Standards Agency has called in the police over the worst cases of horse-meat contamination in frozen burger products, suggesting such high levels of horse meat could only result from either gross negligence or deliberate contamination.