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Nestle Finds Horsemeat in Beef Products, Recalls Beef Pasta Meals from Italy and Spain

Update Date: Feb 19, 2013 08:05 AM EST
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Nestle has now recalled pasta meals from Italy and Spain due to reports of them being contaminated with horsemeat, the company announced Monday.

The company said that it found traces of horse DNA in two of its beef products that were above the 1 percent threshold used by the U.K.'s Food Safety Agency to check contamination.

Recently, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) had found traces of horsemeat in beef products sold at various outlets across Ireland.

Traces of horsemeat in various meat products have been found in many European countries including Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.

Lidl, from Germany, has already taken away its ready-made meals from outlets across Finland, Denmark and Belgium after the products were tested and found to contain horsemeat, AFP reported.

"There is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us. Therefore we are voluntarily removing two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain immediately, and we will replace them with product confirmed by DNA testing to be made from 100% beef," said Nestle in a statement posted on its website.

Nestle added that it will be enhancing food testing for beef products in Europe to detect the presence of horsemeat. 

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