Nestle finds more than 1% horse in pasta meals

Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has withdrawn products in Italy, Spain and France after horse DNA was found in its 'beef' ready meals.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 02 Jan 2014

The horsemeat scandal just keeps trotting on. Last night Nestle, which released a statement only last week assuring consumers that its products were all horse-free, has joined the ranks of Tesco, Lidl and the Co-op as the newest protagonist in the horsegate saga.  ‘We have informed the authorities accordingly,’ Nestlé said last night.

Nestlé is in the process of withdrawing the offending products - its Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini – from stores in Italy and Spain. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, which Nestle manufactures for catering businesses in France, are also heading for the furnaces.

So, where did the contaminated meat come from? MT has it straight from the horse's mouth than deliveries of all so-called beef products from HJ Schypke, a sub-contractor of JBS Toledo, a major meat processing company based in Belgium, have been suspended.

Nestle is very keen to assure all those who may have unwittingly digested Black Beauty that there is no evidence of any contamination in the horse flesh. ‘There is no food safety issue, but the mislabelling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us,’  says Nestle, echoing the statements of all the other brands incriminated in the fiasco.

To get up to speed with the horsemeat story in full, check out the links below:

Horse meat found in Tesco Everyday Value bolog-neigh-se

Lion and horse, but no beef in Findus lasagne

EDITOR'S BLOG: Where's there's meat, there's aggro

Horsemeat scandal keeps running, as Tesco sells withdrawn burgers

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