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Supermarkets find horse meat in lasagne
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Supermarkets find horse meat in lasagne

Published: 14 Feb 2013 12:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Feb 2013 15:05 GMT+01:00

Real said in a statement on its website that tests had "found contents of horse meat" and that it had already taken the frozen lasagne off the shelves as a precautionary measure last Friday.

It added that there had been "at no time evidence of a hygienic risk for consumers" but that the product did not meet Real's standards of quality and it took the matter very seriously.

The group, which has 316 shops in Germany, said it was working closely with distributors and authorities to "take all necessary measures and ensure that only acceptable goods are sold to customers."

A spokesman for the Edeke chain said horse had been found in its Gut & Günstig Lasagne Bolognese, which was pulled from shelves only on Tuesday. Tests discovered five percent of the meat meant to be beef was actually horse.

German Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner said on public ARD television Thursday that "authorities must check to what extent horse meat is actually present in these products."

"Firms have already reacted and taken suspicious products off the market," she said.

Supermarket chains Kaisers Tengelmann and frozen goods chain Eismann are also testing their products. German officials announced Wednesday they suspected food may have been delivered to the country mislabelled as beef when it contained horse meat after being informed a day earlier via a European alert system.

The EU's executive called in Europe's law enforcers and urged bloc-wide DNA food testing on Wednesday to restore consumer confidence Britain, France and Switzerland have all found horse meat in frozen meals labelled as beef.

British Agriculture Minister David Heath said horse carcasses that tested positive for an equine drug that is potentially harmful to humans were sent from Britain to France and may have entered the food chain there.

But he said phenylbutazone, which can cause a serious blood disorder in humans in rare cases, had not been found in tests on products made by food giant Findus, which has been embroiled in the scandal.

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Your comments about this article

13:52 February 14, 2013 by wethepeople2012
If you want to know who committed the horse meat fraud-just wait a few months and watch which brands go up in price since they will no longer be able to pass horse meat off as beef. Go out now and price all the frozen lasagna and compare the prices in a few months.
16:58 February 14, 2013 by Leo Strauss
@ wethepeople2012

-or which packages shrink by a half :)

I guess this is what happens when a fully domesticated human population entrusts its food supply to corporate greed heads, politicians and lawyers.

Love how the details come in. From meat consisting of beef, then horse, then donkey, then Romanian donkey, then finally...Romanians?

Oh Mutti! Not Soylent Green for dinner again....
18:27 February 14, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
@Leo

Humans have probably entered our food chain. Think of all the gangland killings that are fed to pigs.
18:33 February 14, 2013 by parografik
I scoffed down a Big Mac the other day, and I could swear I got a little buzzed from the meat.
19:07 February 14, 2013 by Berlin fuer alles
@parografik

That was all the hormones and chemicals interacting inside you. Watch 'Supersize me' on youtube.
01:08 February 15, 2013 by Britanicus
Order a Beafsteak in Germany and the odds are 4 to 1 against getting a winner.
04:15 February 15, 2013 by RainerL
Wow!! Horse Meat!!!! Luckey they are not paying more for Horse Meat being mixed with it. Horse Meat is one of the best Meats I have everr had the pleasure of eating!! What is wrong with people these days??? Count yourself lucky you got some of it in the Lasangia. Sausages often have mixed Meats For example > Beef and Pork mixed together amongst other Products.

More Horse Meat please. Thank you :-)
08:51 February 15, 2013 by Landmine
Hmmmm, pic in article is of meatless lasgna...
10:19 February 15, 2013 by mobaisch
@RainerL

I would assume (with the cheapness) that they are DEAD horses! taken from a dump or something.. otherwise, why would they do that! horses are more expensive that cows.. think about it before you order dude!
13:59 February 15, 2013 by Firmino
@RainerL

Eat all the horses you like but selling horse meat as beef is fraud.

Consumers have the right to know what they're buying and eating!
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