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World's biggest food firms embroiled in Europe horsemeat scandal

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:00 AM
 
Boxes of "Ravioli al Brasato" are pictured in Rome on Feb 19, 2013. Nestle has removed beef pasta meals sold under its Buitoni brand from sale in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horsemeat, becoming the latest victim of a food scandal still spreading across Europe. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The world's biggest food company, Swiss-based Nestle, and the world's top beef producer, JBS of Brazil, were on Tuesday the latest in a long list of firms to be caught up in Europe's spiralling horsemeat scandal.

Their involvement in the fast-moving drama marked another milestone in a scandal that has seen supermarket chains across Europe pull from their shelves millions of "beef" products that are thought to contain horsemeat.

Nestle announced it was removing two ready-to-eat meals - beef ravioli and beef tortellini - from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain after tests found traces of horse DNA in the products.

A Nestle frozen lasagne product made for the catering business was also being withdrawn from sale in France and Portugal because traces of horsemeat were found in them.

 
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