Aldi Frozen Ready Meals 100% Horsemeat
Tests on Aldi's beef lasagne and spaghetti bolognese have revealed some were entirely made of horsemeat.
The supermarket chain said it has immediately withdrawn its Today's Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today's Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese from stores as a precautionary measure.
Tests on samples selected at random showed that the products contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.
The company said it felt "angry and let down" by its French supplier Comigel, which also produced the contaminated Findus beef lasagnes.
Consumers who have purchased the ready meals have been advised to return them to their nearest Aldi store for a full refund.
An Aldi spokesman said: "This is completely unacceptable and like other affected companies, we feel angry and let down by our supplier.
"If the label says beef, our customers expect it to be beef. Suppliers are absolutely clear that they are required to meet our stringent specifications and that we do not tolerate any failure to do so.
"We have acted quickly to withdraw the affected products from sale, conduct additional testing and review the performance of our suppliers.
"The products from Comigel will not be sold in our stores again and we will no longer take any product from Comigel.
"Aldi will not tolerate any supplier who fails to comply with our requirements and we will support any appropriate legal action taken against any supplier that knowingly does wrong."
Aldi said while it was "confident that these products are safe", the products were being tested for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or "bute", which is not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain as it may pose a risk to human health.
The revelation came as police joined in the investigation into the deepening horsemeat scandal, as Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told Sky News a "criminal conspiracy" may to be blame.
Officers from Scotland Yard have met with the FSA to discuss its probe.
Mr Paterson, who is holding a summit with food retailers and suppliers today, said it was "shocking" and "totally unacceptable" that products marked as processed beef were found to have contained significant amounts of horsemeat.
"To reassure the public, we are conducting an unprecedented analysis of processed beef products to see how far this either incompetence or negligence, or the criminal conspiracy extends, and we hope to have results by the end of next week," he said.
"Our eyes are very much open to both possibilities, and the FSA have already started working with the Metropolitan Police, who are also working with other police forces across Europe.
"If there is an international element to this, and there is a conspiracy across Europe, we need to work very closely with all our partners ... I am determined that we will work with every possible agency and get to the bottom of this," he added.
Earlier, the Government refused to rule out the possibility that horsemeat might be found in food served in schools or hospitals.
A Number 10 spokeswoman could not say whether any tests had been done on school dinners, hospital and prison meals or other state-provided food.
The French government has told Sky News it has launched a fraud investigation into the horsemeat scandal.
Swedish food giant Findus has withdrawn its frozen beef lasagne products from France and Sweden itself.
The meals were produced in Luxembourg for French supplier Comigel, which in turn had used a Luxembourg supplier called Tavola.
Comigel, the company at the centre of the latest scare, has told the AFP news agency that the meat originated in a Romanian abattoir, and was supplied to Comigel by a meat-processing company called Spanghero, based in southwestern France.
what do you think?
Well after my serving up findus at the animal centre the other night, three of us went to tescos to complain and my freinds went with their uniforms on.and i was refunded with no quibbling my money back and a coversation took place about the controversy and we were taken out the back to loads of food stocked up ready for composting.this seemed a waste so after about an hour and a half of telephone calls and discussion it was agreed that food reaching its sell by date be given to the rspca (dogfood etc)and other foods be given to a foodbank charity for the homeless, whats more tescos are going to do it on a perminent basis.so i got a quite brilliant responce from tescos.though they will gain some publicity for doing this.so it works out well for everyone concerned.
Result shaun, well done :-)
Well done shaun. But can't help thinking company lawyers/management might be thinking good deeds may offset the possable lawsuits.
Not sure if that was wise - you don't know what condition these animals were in when they died or if they were drugged up etc - I doubt they were healthy as horsemeat is normally more expensive than beef
Were not allowed the horse stuff.this has got to go to be burnt somewhere to produce electrity.apparently a food waste bill is going to be read in parliament or something and supermarkets are increasingly coming under pressure to reduce waste.hence animal charitys can make use of bent carrots and things and the charities for the homeless food thats approaching its sell by date.i gotta we wouldnt have thought of this if i hadnt have bought horse lasanga so at least something good came out of it.
I just realized, maybe we ought to go to aldi's is well.??
Hang about, your kicking up a fuss eating food that's had horse meat in but you would happily suggest its fit to give to homeless people????
Probably a case of ask no questions tell no lies - never thought they'd be found out
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I wouldn't - you'll end up with a long face
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I dont want to nag but we really must think of more original horse jokes now
In this time of cut backs couldnt we save a lot of money by closing down the Food standards agency they dont seem to have been doing their job ! Dont they do random testing if they did this would have shown up years ago . Now its going to be the responsibility of the retailers so we dont need the FSA do we ?.
i HIGHLY reccommend soya mince as an alternative to minced meat.it is fantastic,no grisly chewy bits,no stinking the kitchen out,NO FAT mass left in the pans and the taste is really delicious.been eating it for 10 years plus now.great in bolognese,lasagne,or pie or soya mince and onion gravy etcetra.it also does not cook away to half of its size. some supermarkets do own brand as well.it is in freezer compartments in bag size packaging. :- )
Hmm, I tried soya stuff about 30 years ago and the experience put me off it. It might be the time to try it again.
tb, no don't bother mate you were right the first time.
It's a terrible burden for Aldi to be saddled with.
Aldi make the best lasagne I hope they do not change the recipe .
shame on aldi and tesco, dont they know what they are buying and selling to the british consumer... why dont they open their own food suppliers here and employ british people
Shame on the British consumer who refuses to buy local produce and support local businesses.
Well Brian, now we know why the foreign stuff is cheaper. Which is why the cash strapped British buy it rather than the British product. It will certainly be interesting to see if that changes now that the cat is out of the bag. (Non edible animal reference not intended)
Is it cheaper,carcases processed in Romania shipped cold storage(hopefully) to france to be processed again,shipped to UK to be packaged or whatever and shipped to retail stores all the above are taking a % profit plus of course the transport companies. There should be no reason why UK produced beef processed and made entirely in these isles should be any more expensive,and it would create jobs in the bargain.
if it looks like a cow ,sounds like a cow and smells like a cow its probably a horse
I have just seen yet another fool on tv, who is quite willing to behave as though they have had a frontal labotomy. He stated that he would rather have horse filler than beef filler in his beef lasagne ! Really ?.....are you sure ? I cannot get my head round these idiots who are happy to blindly allow criminals to add non beef meats to their beef products. If they are not regulated what exactly has been added ?. What state was it in ? what sort of life did that animal live ?, how did it die ? how long was it left ?, how was it stored ? Just those few basic questions don't seem to enter their empty pathetic heads Heaven help us.
"Oh ya, I'm hip, I'm with it, ya. The wife and I spent a couple of weeks in provence ya, speak the lingo, well almost ya. Had a horse steak, delicious ya. Can't see what the problem is. Ya, bring it on, rather have deseased unregulated horse vag_ina in my minced beef that beef anyday" "Whats that young man ?, you want to borrow my credit card and my car keys, of course, here you are, don't forget to bring them back". " He was a nice young fellow ya".
I always thought that burgers in particular, and other highly processed meat products in general, were made of the bits and pieces that would never be sold by their real names in a butcher's shop. However, people do buy these products and have done for years, so presumably they enjoy them enough to come back for more. So I wish them "bon appetit" as they tuck into their eyeball, snout, and bowel burgers. I assume that they are not too worried about which part of the animal kingdom has provided these juicy titbits.