* Sodexo says found horse meat in Britain
* Says has not any found horse meat in other countries
PARIS Feb 22 French catering and vouchers group
Sodexo on Friday said it was withdrawing all frozen
beef products from the market in Britain after finding horse
meat in some of its products.
"Despite repeated guarantees from our suppliers, our
sampling has identified a frozen beef product which tested
positive for equine DNA," Sodexo said in a statement.
"This situation is totally unacceptable."
The French company, which operates in 80 countries and
provides catering services to businesses, hospitals and schools,
said it had implemented an internal sampling programme and
notified the FSA of its findings.
It added that the withdrawal would not affect its healthcare
catering operations in the UK.
"No trace of horse DNA has been found in other countries but
we remain vigilant," a Sodexo spokeswoman said, declining to
give details on the financial impact the move was likely to have
for the company.
Horse meat has been found in beef products across Europe in
recent weeks since it was first discovered in Irish beef
burgers, damaging confidence in the continent's food industry.
The scandal has triggered recalls of mislabeled products
from major retailers such as Ldl and Tesco
as well as suppliers such as Findus, Picard and