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Europe horsemeat scandal spreads to Asia

Published on Feb 21, 2013 11:48 AM
 
Butcher Sean Basey works behind a "no horsemeat" sign at Bates Butchers in Market Harborough, central England, Feb 20, 2013. An imported lasagne brand has been pulled from shelves in Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The fallout from Europe's horsemeat scandal has spread far outside the continent, with an imported lasagne brand pulled from shelves in Hong Kong and a new row over the treatment of horses farmed in the Americas.

A host of top players have been caught up in the spiralling scandal including Nestle, the world's biggest food company, top beef producer JBS of Brazil and British supermarket chain Tesco.

Hong Kong authorities ordered ParknShop, one of the biggest supermarket chains in the city, to remove lasagne made by frozen food giant Findus, one of the firms at the centre of the scandal.

The product was imported from Britain and made by French firm Comigel.

 
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