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Horsemeat in lasagne dishes in Norway: Retailer

Published on Feb 15, 2013 9:55 PM
 
A worker pushes a container with blocks of meat before filling up a dump truck at French meat processor Spanghero's factory in Castelnaudary in Toulouse, France, on Feb 15, 2013. A French inquiry into how horsemeat got into ready meals sold across Europe found that the Spanghero firm labelled meat as beef when it knew what it was processing may have been horse. Norwegian food retailer NorgesGruppen said on Friday that horsemeat had been found in frozen lasagne dishes sold in its stores, the first confirmed cases in the country. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OSLO (AFP) - Norwegian food retailer NorgesGruppen said on Friday that horsemeat had been found in frozen lasagne dishes sold in its stores, the first confirmed cases in the country.

"NorgesGruppen has received final confirmation today, Friday February 15, that lasagnes (sold under the First Price brand) contained horsemeat," it said in a statement.

"NorgesGruppen immediately withdrew the First Price lasagnes from its stores' shelves at the end of last week after doubts arose about the use of horsemeat in European food production," the company said.

Supermarkets across Europe have pulled millions of frozen ready meals from the shelves since last week, after tests revealed that large quantities of horsemeat had made their way into products labelled as beef.

 
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