Nestle withdraws beef products after horse DNA found: FT

LONDON Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:29pm EST

A Nestle logo is pictured on a factory in Orbe April 20, 2012. REUTERS/Joao Vieria

A Nestle logo is pictured on a factory in Orbe April 20, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Joao Vieria

LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle (NESN.VX), the world's biggest food company, removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain on Monday after tests revealed traces of horse DNA above 1 percent, the Financial Times online reported, citing a company statement.

Swiss-based Nestle, which just last week said products under its labels were not affected by the escalating horsemeat scandal, said it had informed the authorities, the FT reported.

Nestle was not immediately available for comment.

The discovery of horsemeat in products labeled as beef began in Ireland last month and has rapidly spread across Europe, resulting in several product withdrawals and government investigations into the long and complex food-processing chains that criss-cross the continent.

Nestle withdrew two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, in Italy and Spain, the FT said. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product for catering businesses produced in France, will also be withdrawn.

(Reporting by William Waterman; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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elizabethdana wrote:
Can Nestle 100 percent guarantee that horsemeat has not been shipped into the United States?

Has Nestle tested meat products shipped to the United States for Equine DNA?

Has the USDA started an independent investigation and if not WHY?

Is the United States food sources imported from EU under investigation as well?

Why NO PUBLIC OUT CRY…..What if they have been doing this to us ALSO?

Please callyour Senators and Representatives,Governors and USDA to protect your children and grandchildren, neighbors,etc from being forced to consume horsemeat !!!!!!

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