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Ready Meals Withdrawn Amid Meat 'Alert'
Frozen spaghetti bolognese and lasagne meals have been pulled from the shelves of two supermarket chains as fears over contaminated meat products spread.
Tesco and Aldi revealed they have withdrawn a range of ready meals produced by French food supplier Comigel as "a precautionary measure".
The move follows concern over contamination of products with horsemeat.
Tesco has pulled its frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, while Aldi withdrew two products called Today's Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese and Today's Special Frozen Beef Lasagne.
A Tesco spokesman said it took the step after Findus beef lasagne was removed from sale.
"Following the withdrawal of Findus beef lasagne, which is produced by Comigel, we have decided to withdraw our frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site, as a precautionary measure," the spokesman said.
"There is no evidence that our product has been contaminated and the meat used in the Findus product is not used in our product.
"However, we have decided to withdraw the product pending the results of our own tests."
Findus UK said it withdrew its 320g, 360g and 500g lasagne meals as a precautionary measure after a labelling issue with its supplier was uncovered. The company insisted it was not a food safety issue.
"Deserving consumers' trust is a key priority for us," said a Findus UK spokesman. "As part of that commitment, we have been constantly reviewing our supply chain."
Aldi has withdrawn two frozen products but would not confirm if the dishes may have been contaminated or mislabelled.
"Following an alert from our French supplier, Comigel, Aldi immediately withdrew its Today's Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today's Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese from stores as a precautionary measure," it said.
"Comigel has flagged concerns that the products do not conform to specification. They have been withdrawn immediately so that Aldi can conduct its own investigations into the factory concerned.
"These investigations are continuing. We will continue to maintain active scrutiny across our supply lines and will always put the quality of our products and safety of our customers first."
The latest development comes a day after Asda withdrew products supplied by a Northern Ireland company that was storing meat found to contain a high proportion of horse DNA.
Newry-based Freeza Meats had been storing the consignment of meat, which was labelled as beef, on behalf of a supplier in the Irish Republic - Co Monaghan-based meat trader McAdam Foods. Two tested samples were found to contain 80% horsemeat.
McAdam Foods has insisted it had no knowledge that any of its meat contained horse DNA. It claimed the contaminated produce originated in Poland.
The meat had not entered the food chain and was not destined for Asda stores.
Last month, Tesco and a number of other supermarkets removed certain brands of beef burgers from shelves after they were found to contain horsemeat.
Experts from Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) told the Commons Environment Committee they could not be sure if contaminated burgers were being sold for more than a year.
At least 10 million burgers were put into storage to be dumped following the debacle.
what do you think?
Maybe we should all go back to basics and cook meals from scratch so we know what we're putting into our bodies. We can still put the meals into the freezer for another day
AHHHHHH I DONT BELEIVE IT .orange could of waited for me to finish me dinner.ive litrally just served me self some tesco lasagne.my other halfs laughing her head off.
Blimey. just realized i sound like victor meldrew.
Hahaaaaa! Won't hurt you, Shaun! Mmmmm! Horsagne! Lol!
Don't understand why you got thumbs down Shaun, anyway thnmbs up from me. Julie Horsagna LOL funny... :-)
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Well the dogs done well tonight anyway.
We rely so much on these horrible ready made meals. Those of us who have been trying to raise concerns about the state of our food for the last two decades, have been ridiculed. The chickens are home to roost. Chuck out all your ready meals( they taste of chemicals anyway) and your microwaves, buy some real food and a cookbook and begin all over again. It's muck! Start rejecting it!
Trouble is its conveinient particuarly on a busy day like weve had cleaning up birds from palm oil stuff.we all just happened to buy lasagna though.
I know Shaun and i'm not saying i've never turned to one in a hurry, but i've never enjoyed one, ever!
How very idealistic. I draw comparison to recent reports of recipes in cookbooks by Nigella Lawson & Jamie Oliver, the calorie, salt & fat levels in these 'prepared from scratch' meals are often much higher than their equivalent ready meals. I find all these reports of 'contaminated' meat an absolutely shocking waste of perfectly edible (not especially great) food, it's getting ridiculous. Rather than destroy it, they should donate it to homeless shelters.
I think it's disgusting to be throwing away 10 million perfectly edible beefburgers. The government are always complaining about food wastage and yet look at that! 10,000,000 beefburgers! I don't know if it's true or not but I just read, it's OK to sell horse meat so long as it's labelled as that. What about all the poor school children complaining they don't get proper dinners? Why can't they eat them? Beefburgers and chips? What are they going to do next? Throw away 10,000,000 perfectly edible beefburgers AND 10,000,000 perfectly edible frozen dinners? Someone needs to stop them being disposed of right away!
agreed,even at worst use for dog cat food,don't just throw them away.
Michael are you a cat owner? I had to laugh as my two would starve before they ate a beefburger!
You should feed your cat to a cow Louisa, I'm sure the cow would turn its nose up at such a filthy creature too.
Top and bottom is the foreign suppliers are dumping anything on us and selling it as beef - what's wrong with our own produce instead of buying god knows what from abroad
Yes shirley.i was also wondering if some of these countries have broken their contracts or european laws.if thats the case they ought to be fined, and the money put towards compensation for the smaller businesses that have been effected by this.
Shirley stop blaming absolutely everything on foreigners. it's getting crazy!
It does say meat was from France and Poland so that is foreign isn't it?????
a butcher cut up a horse then a cow with same knife cross contamination then 1 wee smart git with nothing better to do finds hose D.N.A. in meat and par for the course britain goes nuts.the rest of europe ??????? what eat up and shut up
I go for good food everytime, although I've bought ready meals when they're reduced to clear. I've enjoyed the curries, but I won't make a habit of it. You can't guarantee the ingredients, and in any case they're nowhere big enough !