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More frozen beef products found with horse meat

Some 20,000 lasagne meals from Findus in Sweden have been withdrawn from sale in Britain and Ireland.

Some 20,000 lasagne meals from Findus in Sweden have been withdrawn from sale in Britain and Ireland. Stock image © Jules:stonesoup

The horse-meat contamination scandal is growing to nightmare proportions in Britain and Ireland, with more frozen beef products being withdrawn after tests revealed the presence of equine DNA.

The latest revelations follow the withdrawal of 20,000 beef lasagne meals by Findus in Sweden, following the discovery of horse meat in the products.

The latests withdrawal involves lasagnes and spaghetti bolognese products stocked by Aldi stores in Ireland.

On Saturday, it was announced that the stores were withdrawing their Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today’s Special Frozen Spagetti Bolognaise.

The products were sourced from Luxembourg, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Aldi’s own checks revealed that some of the frozen beef lasagnes and spaghetti bolognese contained between 30 per cent and 100 per cent horse meat.

“The products have been withdrawn from sale from Aldi stores in Ireland. Tests are currently under way to determine if the horse meat contains the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, a common anti-inflammatory drug used in horses which is banned from entering the human food chain.

The authority advised consumers not to eat the lasagnes or spaghetti bolognese, but to dispose of them or return them to the retailer.

Britain’s Food Standards Agency also reported the withdrawal of the products from Aldi stores.

It said the products implicated were from the French supplier, Comigel, the company that also supplied Findus.

“The Food Standards Agency has issued advice to other retailers or producers that have sourced beef products from the French company Comigel,” it said.

“In light of the latest information from Aldi, the Food Standards Agency recommends that any retailers or producers that have sourced beef products from the French company Comigel should conduct a precautionary withdrawal of product.”

It said it was working with French authorities and would provide further advice and information next week.

Frozen Findus lasagnes in 320g, 360g and 500g packs are being pulled from shelves in Ireland.

Findus’ own checks revealed that some of its frozen lasagnes contain more than 60% horse meat, Ireland’s food watchdog said.

“The products have been withdrawn from sale from Tesco stores in Ireland, but may also be on sale in independent retail shops.”

Tests are under way to determine if the horse meat contained phenylbutazone.

It urged manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers and retailers to remove Findus lasagnes from sale.

In Britain, shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’ve had 10 million beef burgers withdrawn. What tests have been conducted on them, if any?

“The big concern for me now is corner shops, schools, hospitals, prisons, public-sector caterers, people who may have these products sitting in their fridges and freezers.

“There’s been absolutely no advice from Government ministers about what people should do.”

 

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  1. kathyh says:

    How are they going to test with any accuracy for residues in fully processed horse flesh..The only way to test for residual metabolites is Kidney Sample for Bute and ocular eye fluid for Clen..testing the processed meat will not yield accurate results to determine if the horses slaughtered and used in these foods ever were administered these banned substances….

  2. vickysecho says:

    So the foodsafety authority cannot mandate a recall? Is it voluntary? The testing is the responsibility of the receipient? It is so corrupt, why report the truth? Makes people wonder what the foodsafety authority does!

  3. Dana says:

    They say they will test for the banned substance”bute” in this already processed meat, but as far as I have heard there are no accurate tests they can do after the fact. Here in Canada a large number of the horses going to slaughter have been given bute for sure due to the fact that most of these horses are former pets, working and racing horses–never intended to be slaughtered for meat! This “business” is all about lying, deceit, criminal activity, unspeakable cruelty and worst of all, betrayal of our horses and the people who love them–all of this under the “watch-
    full eye” ( that is a sad joke) by our own governments!!

  4. LynnIL says:

    Well, well, well, I’m glad I don’t eat 100% beef burgers. It shows just how efficent our food safety is. Where is the USDA and FDA doing spin control? Do people in the US think our meat is safe. Think again. This is just the tip of the iceburg.

  5. Ronnie says:

    Corruption! All for $$$$. Seriously endangering the health of more & more in Europe. And you know what? Betcha a *majority of the horse meat is from American horses, loaded w/toxic chemicals, shipped over the Mexican & Canadian borders for SLAUGHTER. Wait. In time the truth will come out. And waiting to hear of horse meat in beef in the good ‘ole USA! If in Europe, for sure in America. Only in America, I say. No comments yet from our USDA…of course not, per usual.

  6. Kim says:

    guaranteed there’s plenty in U.S. meats as well……

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