Another case of mystery meat products has surfaced, but this time its across the pond.
The FSA tested 18 of Findus’ beef lasagna products and discovered that 11 of them contained 60 percent to 100 percent horse meat. In response, Findus has withdrawn its 320g, 360g and 500g beef lasagna sizes from UK stores.
However, Findus maintains that they “do not believe this to be a food safety issue.”
UK citizns have been warned by the FSA not to eat Findus’ products, which are primarily made by French food supplier Comigel.
The FSA spoke to BBC about their discovery and the potential of Findus’ products being unhealthy:
We have no evidence to suggest that this is a food safety risk. However, the FSA has ordered Findus to test the lasagna for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or ‘bute’. Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health. The Findus beef lasagna was distributed to the main UK supermarkets and smaller convenience stores. Findus has already begun a full recall of these products. People who have bought any Findus beef lasagna products are advised not to eat them and return them to the shop they bought them from.
UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, went on to make a statement:
The responsibility for the safety and authenticity of food lies with those who produce it, and who sell or provide it to the final consumer. I know that food producers, retailers and caterers are as concerned as we are at the course of recent events. The Food Standards Agency, Defra, and the Department of Health are working closely with businesses and trade bodies along the whole food chain to root out any illegal activity and enforce food safety and authenticity regulations. Consumers can be confident that we will take whatever action we consider necessary if we discover evidence of criminality or negligence.
Findus maintains that its other food products have been tested and don’t contain any horse meat.
They gave a statement on the findings by the FSA:
We understand this it is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately. We are confident that we have fully resolved this supply chain issue. Fully compliant beef lasagna will be in stores again soon.
First Burger King, now frozen meat products. Let’s all hope Ronald McDonald is watching his meat supply more closely.