12:12 08 February 2013
It has emerged that horsemeat has been discovered in lasagne from Findus, the frozen food retailer, after tests were carried out on some products. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said on Thursday that out of 18 beef lasagne meals, 11 were found to have 60 to 100per cent horsemeat in them.
It is believed that some of the frozen meals were made up entirely of horsemeat, with no trace of beef in them at all.
Findus, who are understood to have received the products from French food supplier Comigel, were reportedly alerted by Comigel about concerns over beef lasagne meals this week. Findus removed frozen beef lasagne from the shelves on Wednesday.
And people who had purchased the goods were warned by the FSA not to eat them, but to take them back to the shop where they bought them from.
Findus, who based on reports do not find the situation to be linked with a ‘food safety issue’, has issued an apology. A spokesperson said: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”
It is believed that supermarket retailers Tesco and Aldi have also withdrawn from sale certain frozen beef products. And ASDA has said that there was no horse DNA found in products from Freeza Meats.
The FSA has stated that food companies will now have to test beef products.
The news on Findus comes after beefburgers were found to contain horsemeat last month by the FSA.
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