Nestle becomes the latest victim of horse meat scandal, having withdrawn its beef pasta meals from its stores in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA in them. Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, has halted deliveries of products containing meat from a German supplier. The latest sufferer of horse meat scandal has recalled two chilled pasta products – Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini in Italy and Spain. The company confirmed to withdraw Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product for catering businesses produced in France. Nestle, a company that displayed corporate social responsibility with its recent investment of £9.28m for research of salt substitutes, has extended its apology to the consumers and promised higher standards in future.
On its website, Nestle has identified the supplier as HJ Schypke, a sub-contractor of JBS Toledo, a major meat processing company based in Belgium. Nestle said in its statement that the supplier had indulged in fraudulent mislabelling of beef and added that the tests conducted revealed that the ”levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK’s Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence.”
The widening scandal over mislabelled horse meat has affected at least 12 European countries so far, with most retail chains including Tesco and Aldi recalling products that were found to contain traces of horse meat. Concerns over horsemeat first emerged in January when Irish authorities found traces of horse in beefburgers made by firms in Ireland and Britain and sold in supermarket chains including Tesco and Aldi. The horse meat scandal intensified when French firm Comigel alerted Findus this month to the presence of horsemeat in meals it made for the company, which were also on sale in Britain.
Nestle also assured in its statement that the contaminated products that are removed from the shelves would be replaced with product confirmed by DNA testing to be made from 100% beef. Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes will also be replaced with product made from 100% beef, the company said.