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Lidl finds horsemeat in dishes in Finland, Denmark, Sweden

Published on Feb 19, 2013 5:50 AM
Employee Irmgard Hess puts in a sample of minced meat in a test tube in the food control laboratory institute Eurofins in Ebersberg, eastward of Munich February 18, 2013. The samples of minced meat are tested for the presence of horse meat as a precaution. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HELSINKI (AFP) - German discount chain Lidl has pulled ready-made meals from the shelves of its Finnish, Danish and Swedish stores after tests confirmed the presence of horsemeat, the company said on Monday.

Lidl's beef goulash and tortellini bolognese sold in Finland under the Coquette brand "contained traces of horsemeat", a company spokesman said.

The dishes were removed from store shelves at the weekend as a precaution while the tests were being carried out.

In Sweden, Lidl said it had found traces of horse in the company's own-brand goulash produced by German group Dreistern, which had earlier been removed from stores, as well as in a frozen pasta bolognese dish sold under the brand Combino and made by German group Copack.

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