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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nestle finds horsemeat in beef pasta meals


Nestle

London - Nestle 

(NESN.VX), the world's 

biggest food company, 

has removed beef pasta 

meals from sale in Italy 

and Spain after finding 

traces of horse DNA. 

The discovery of horsemeat in products labeled as beef 


has spread across Europe since last month, prompting 

product withdrawals, consumer anger and government 

investigations into the continent's complex food-

processing chains. 

Swiss-based Nestle, which just last week said its 


products had not been affected by the scandal, said its 

tests had found more than 1 percent horse DNA in two 

products. 

"We have informed the authorities accordingly," Nestle 


said in a statement on Monday. "There is no food safety 

issue." 

Nestle withdrew two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef 


Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, in Italy and Spain

Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product 


for catering businesses produced in France, will also be 

withdrawn. 

Nestle was suspending deliveries of all products made 


using beef from a German subcontractor to one of its 

suppliers, Nestle said. 

Governments across Europe have stressed that 


horsemeat poses little or no health risk, although some 

carcasses have been found tainted with a painkiller 

banned for human consumption. 

But the scandal has damaged the confidence of 


consumers in supermarkets and fast fold chains since 

horsemeat was first identified in Irish beefburgers. 

Retailer Lidl LIDLUK.UL said on Monday it had 


withdrawn products from its stores in Finland and 

Sweden after finding traces of horsemeat.
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