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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:25 PM

Findus beef lasagne withdrawn after tests show high level of horsemeat [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Findus has admitted that it withdrew all its beef lasagne ready meals from supermarkets because they had tested positive for high levels of horsemeat, as the food contamination scandal continues to spread.

Tesco and discount chain Aldi had cleared their shelves of frozen spaghetti bolognese and beef lasagne earlier in the week pending their own tests because they were made by Comigel, the French manufacturer that supplied Findus.

Findus began the withdrawal after being alerted to a problem by Comigel on Sunday, but they previously declined to say the problem related to undeclared horsemeat. The Guardian understands that in one sample tested, horsemeat accounted for over 90% of the meat content. A spokesman from Burson Marsteller, the damage limitation PR experts employed by Findus, said that the beef in the Findus beef lasagne had been found in tests to be on average 60% horsemeat, but added that beef only accounted for 15% of the product anyway.

Over 200m burgers have been withdrawn from sale in the month since the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found that cheap burgers supplied to supermarkets contained horsemeat. The Irish authorities have now called in the police to investigate criminal fraud in the supply chain to Ireland's largest beef processor ABP.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/07/findus-beef-lasagne-horse-meat

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