Horsemeat: Nestlé withdraws products in first horse DNA link

Nestlé has removed beef pasta meals from sale in Italy, Spain and France after horse DNA was found in them.

According to the Swiss-based business, which is the world’s biggest food company, tests had found trace amounts of horse DNA (above 1%) in two products.

Two chilled pasta products were removed from distribution in Italy and Spain, including Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini. A product called Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, which is a frozen product for French catering businesses, is due to be withdrawn.

Just last week Nestlé said it was unaffected by the horsemeat scandal, but this recent discovery has led the company to withdraw the products due to horse DNA contamination. It has also led to the company suspending the delivery of products containing beef from a German subcontractor.

In a statement the company said: "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."

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