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'Horse lasagne' sparks new British food scare

Published on Feb 8, 2013 5:43 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - British authorities warned the public on Thursday not to eat beef lasagne sold by the Findus brand and made in France after tests found it contained up to 100 per cent horsemeat.

Findus tested 18 of its beef lasagne products manufactured by supplier Comigel in France and found 11 meals containing 60 per cent to 100 per cent horse meat, Britain's Food Standards Agency said.

The agency said further tests have been ordered on the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, as animals treated with it are not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain.

"Findus withdrew the beef lasagne products after its French supplier, Comigel, raised concerns about the type of meat used in the lasagne," the agency said in a statement.

 
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