Findus Beef Lasagne Meals 100% Horsemeat
Tests on Findus beef lasagne have revealed that some of the ready meals were made entirely from horsemeat.
Findus analysed 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.
There is no evidence to suggest the horsemeat found in the Findus beef lasagne is a food safety risk, the FSA said.
However, the agency has ordered urgent tests on the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Meat from animals treated with "bute" is not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain as it may pose a risk to human health.
All food companies have been told to test their beef products, with the FSA saying it was "highly likely" that criminal activity was to blame for the contamination.
Consumers who have purchased the ready meals - produced by French food supplier Comigel on behalf of Findus - have been advised by the FSA not to eat them and return them to the shop they were bought from.
Retail giant Tesco and discount chain Aldi have already withdrawn a range of ready meals produced by Comigel over fears they contained contaminated meat.
Findus UK has already started a full recall of its lasagne products. It withdrew its 320g, 360g and 500g lasagne meals from supermarket shelves as a precautionary measure earlier this week.
It came after Comigel alerted Findus and Aldi that their products "do not conform to specification".
It advised them to remove Findus beef lasagne and Aldi's Today's Special frozen beef lasagne and Today's Special frozen spaghetti bolognese.
Findus UK apologised to customers "for any inconvenience caused" - and said anyone who bought the affected lasagne products could get a full refund.
A spokesman said: "We understand this is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately. We do not believe this to be a food safety issue.
"We are confident that we have fully resolved this supply chain issue. Fully compliant beef lasagne will be in stores again soon."
Tesco also decided to withdraw its Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese, which is produced at the same Comigel site.
A Tesco spokesman said: "We are aware of the results of the Findus tests and we will of course assist Findus with their recall process.
"Tests on our frozen Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese product are ongoing under our new DNA testing programme. We will inform our customers of the results as soon as possible."
The FSA, Defra and the Department of Health are working with businesses and trade bodies to enforce food safety and assess whether there are significant levels of improperly described meat in a whole series of processed beef products in the UK, including supplies to schools and hospitals.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: "The presence of unauthorised ingredients cannot be tolerated ... the responsibility and for the safety and authenticity of food lies with those who produce it, and who sell or provide it to the final consumer."
Labour has accused ministers of being "asleep on the job" and has called for a police investigation into what it believes is fraud.
Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said she was "shocked and appalled" by the latest revelations.
She told Sky News: "The time has come for government ministers to pull their heads out of the sand and to take some swift action.
"We have had three weeks of damaging revelations about what is happening in the meat industry ... there is evidence that criminal gangs are involved in this, and frankly I cannot believe that the Government hasn't called in the police to investigate this in the UK.
"I don't see how we get to the bottom of it without getting in specialist teams and working out who is behind this fraud and why it is happening."
People must have confidence that the food they buy is properly labelled, legal and safe to eat, she added.
Anyone who has purchased a Findus beef lasagne can call the firm's UK customer care line on 0800 132584, those in the Republic of Ireland, 1800 800500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full refund.
what do you think?
Findus Lasagne....."Hungry?....You won't be furlong!"
When people are hungry and they' say " I could eat a horse" Now, it looks likely ;)
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Blimey.i literally bought and eat those last night or least half of them until i read this news item and bought some for my freinds at the rspca center where were helping clean some birds.got all the horse jokes this morning.i bought three of the large ones which i was gonna share with five others.
My brother told me what happened and what you bought for everyone at the animal center hear they barred you from the kitchen and that your new nick names shergar.though i hear hayley was quite upset about it.
Well hayley lives for horses doesnt she.i apologised to her a few times over but it wasnt my fault and it didnt help with the others joking about it.it got a bit serious with her she kept saying she felt sick.
Now martin clunes is on the telly about horses!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh
Should be renamed 'Find-us some proper beef !'
This is hidden inflation companies charging the same price for less quality ,they also reduce the product in size still charging the same price. The Tory/Lib/Dems must know this as the fiddle the countries finances , unemployment,and N.H.S. cuts. Lib/Dems it is up to you to save all of us call an election now.
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And how much of our superstore meat is from Halal butchered animals? Have a look at y*utube and see what they suffer.
Quite. And to think some insist on Halal meat. If I ate flesh, I'd insist it was guaranteed NOT Halal!
This just gets worse. I am intrigued by the apology from Findus "for any inconvenience caused" This arrogant company is selling horsemeat as beef and they think it is merely an inconvenience. In any other industry it would be regarded as fraud.
Yes, extremely arrogant. They haven't done themselves any favours with that statement.
the article actually states that Findus UK apologised to customers "for any convenience caused", which has a particular irony in reference to ready meals!
Hugh. So it does. I copied the phrase from the text and when it pasted as convenience I just thought I had missed the "in"
I always said I never wanted to try horsemeat - turns out I've been eating it for years without knowing. Nice. The meat industry is as filthy as British hospitals or public transport
Buy from your local indipendant butcher you know what your getting from them.
I would - if I could find one that isn't halal!!
Its neigh joke.
It seems like another EU rip off, that is IF our businesses genuinely did not know, and doing it for excess profit at consumers expense.If the companies in Poland and France are found to be at fault they should be prosecuted fined millions,directors jailed and maybe even closed down.
a French supplier peddling horse meat as beef- surprised?
shergar . red rum .you seen them run ,,now taste them in your tum...
There's a prize if you findus the lucky horseshoe
HA HA,good comment,bit worried about me goldfish fingers and crispy crumb ostrich fillets though!!
I don't eat things like this. But that's quite shocking. I don't think it would bother me so much that it's horse,more that I've been deceived.
Apparently, it is supposed to be more healthy than beef, less fat.
So it's this government that is to blame? Don't make me laugh, we have been blinkered pardon the pun for years, there is not one person in this country that can say they know 100% what is in any convenience food sold on our shelves, the public need to wake up to the fact, and do something about it!! For gods sake organic food was proper food when I was a kid, not a fad that somebody can make money out, Britain open your eyes and stop listening to the fodder you are being fed, and ask yourself which government decided to lie to us about what we actually eat or don't and more to the point why? Horse meat is not poisonous to humans!!
Never liked ready meals.Turns out I've had a good reason!
my dog loves these ready meals almost as much as the beef tinned dog food