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Traces of horsemeat leads Nestle to recall of some products
China National News Tuesday 19th February, 2013
• World's biggest food producer clears shelves in Spain and Italy
• Pasta meals made with beef withdrawn from sale in Europe
• Food giant last week claimed its products were unaffected by horsemeat scandal
ZURICH, Switzerland - Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has said it was withdrawing some beef pasta meals from Italy, Spain and France after finding traces of horse meat in them.
This is the latest in Europe's growing horse-meat scandal pulling in one after the other food companies.
The news has come embarrassing for the Swiss-based giant, because just last week Nestle insisted its products had not been affected by the scandal.
It said that tests carried out found more than one per cent horse DNA in two products.
"We have informed the authorities accordingly," Nestle said in a statement. "There is no food safety issue."
Horsemeat has been discovered in products labeled as beef in several European countries, sparking product recalls and consumer anger.
The scandal started in Ireland last month, when authorities there found horsemeat in some beef burgers sold in large UK supermarket chains, but it has now swept across Europe.
Supermarkets in the U.K., France, Germany and Switzerland, including British retail giant Tesco have withdrawn millions of products.
Nestle said it has withdrawn two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, in Italy and Spain.
Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product for catering businesses produced in France, has also been withdrawn.
Nestle however insisted that none of its products on sale in Britain are affected.
It said deliveries of all its finished products using beef supplied by a German firm, H.J. Schypke, a subcontractor of one of its suppliers, JBS Toledo NV, was also being suspended.
The decision was made after traces of horse DNA were found in two products supplied by H.J. Schypke, Nestle said.
"We stress that the H.J. Schypke Meat Company has at no time purchased horse meat," said the company, which added it was now working with the authorities to resolve the situation.
"We want to apologize to consumers and reassure them that the actions being taken to deal with this issue will result in higher standards and enhanced traceability."
Nestle Chief Executive Paul Bulcke last week said the entire food industry had been affected by the horsemeat scandal.
"It has affected us because the whole food and beverage industry is in question again," he said.
"This is bad for so many people working hard to give safe and good food."
Horse isn't unsafe but there are concerns about hormones and drugs in horses passing into the human food chain.