Aldi U.K. Confirms Up To 100% Horsemeat In Selected Beef Products

A box of Findus/Aldi Beef LasagneAldi said it felt “angry and let down” by its French supplier Comigel after tests on Today’s Special frozen beef lasagne and Today’s Special frozen spaghetti bolognese found they contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.

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Comigel, which also produced the contaminated Findus beef lasagnas, has blamed its suppliers. Erick Lehagre said he believed his company was buying French beef from a company called Spanghero but it had since told him it had come from Romania.

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A spokesman for Aldi said random tests had shown that the products they had withdrawn contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.

“This is completely unacceptable and like other affected companies, we feel angry and let down by our supplier. If the label says beef, our customers expect it to be beef. Suppliers are absolutely clear that they are required to meet our stringent specifications and that we do not tolerate any failure to do so,” he said.

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The company added that it would test the meals for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, often referred to as bute, but said it was confident the meals were safe.

“We believe that the two particular cases are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively,” an Aldi spokesperson said. “We and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem.”

Aldi says that, while the food was safe, consumers are encouraged to return products to retailers.

“The French authorities are saying they are viewing the issue as a case of fraud rather than food safety. Anyone who has these products in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution.”

Reports are being denied that there was prior knowledge about horsemeat being in products last year.

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Hospitals and education authorities were also checking the food they provide for traces of horsemeat. A spokeswoman for the Local Authority Caterers Association said: “We are as sure as we can be that this is not affecting the school catering area.”

Lean Cuisine Recalls Ravioli

A bowl of ravioliNestle recently issued a voluntary recall for some Lean Cuisine ravioli dishes after three consumers reportedly found glass fragments in the food, according to a press release from Nestle. None of the customers were injured.

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The product recall applies to 501,816 Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli dishes produced in early November and distributed nationwide. The specific ravioli dish has production codes of 2311587812 and 2312587812 and a “best before date” of December 2013, according to the press release.

Customers can find the production code below the ingredient list.

“We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this voluntary product recall,” Nestle said in the press release.

Nestle has asked customers with the recalled dishes to not eat them and instead contact Nestle customer service at (866) 586-9424 or [email protected] Nestle says they will reimburse reporting customers with a replacement coupon.

“This is an unusual complaint for us because we don’t have glass in our factories,” a Nestle spokesperson said. “We have a no-glass policy. We are very committed to food safety.”

In 2011, Nestle recalled their Lean Cuisine spaghetti with meatballs frozen entree due to small pieces of red plastic being found and reported by customers.