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Nestle Withdraws Pasta Meals as Horsemeat Scandal Spreads

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- 2193 days ago -
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.


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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 12:25 pm
The world's biggest food company, which said as recently as last week its products had not been affected by the scare, said the decision to withdraw the products came after tests over the weekend showed traces of horse DNA in batches of meat used to prepare the meals.

Nestle spokesman Chris Hogg said on Tuesday the withdrawals would have no material financial impact on the company. "These are chilled pasta products that do not have a long shelf life so there are very low levels of inventory," he said.

Hogg said Nestle was not attempting to estimate the level of impact the recall would have on the reputation of its brand.

The scandal of horsemeat in products labeled as beef has spread across Europe since last month, prompting product withdrawals, consumer concerns and government investigations into the continent's complex food-processing chains.

A fifth of adults said they had been buying less meat as a result of the discovery, according to a poll conducted by research company Consumer Intelligence and published on Monday.

Swiss-based Nestle withdrew two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, in Italy and Spain. Lasagnes la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product for catering businesses produced in France, will also be pulled, it said.

The group said tests had found more than 1 percent horse DNA in the products. It was not immediately clear whether the tests had been carried out by Nestle or by a third party.

"We have informed the authorities accordingly," Nestle said in a statement. "There is no food safety issue."

Roger G (148)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 1:25 pm
noted, thanks !

Munro Tapper (80)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 6:24 pm
Noted, with some gagging.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 7:51 pm
Nestle is a highly immoral company.
They were the culprit of the African baby formula scandal NESTLE KILLS BABIES was the name of the disgusting scam they pulled on African women.
I would not be surprised if they used rat meat.
Thanks Angelika, noted

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 8:17 pm
How horrid. What else can I say?

Kim O (396)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 9:33 pm
Sooooo gross. Noted.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:17 am
I wish the whole world were vegetarian.

paula eaton (30)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:57 am
The horsemeat was not an accident. Murdering/slaughtering horses is never humane.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:42 am
I am very sure this is just the tip of the iceberg what we are seeing now..
Bravo Zee!

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:52 pm
"Food safety issue?" How about an ethical issue? I acknowledge that cows should not be tortured to death and eaten either, but what about people who love horses, or perhaps even have a pet one? Can you imagine the horror and revulsion? It would be like finding out they ate a dog.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:23 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lydia because you have done so within the last week.
You bet it WAS especially for many Brits, Lydia!
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