LONDON – Some of the beef lasagne products Findus withdrew form the market earlier this week reportedly contained 100% horsemeat. According to U.K. food authorities, Findus had tested 18 of its food products and the quantity of horsemeat contained in 11 meals was between 60% and 100%.
Findus pulled its 320g, 360g and 500g beef lasagne packages made by French supplier Comigel this week. Findus withdrew its products amid growing concern over the scandal surrounding tainted horse-meat in Europe.
A spokesman for the U.K. Food Standards Agency, Catherine Brown, told the BBC that the investigation in ongoing and it was “highly likely” that criminal organizations were behind the scandal. Still,there’s is no eveidence – as of Friday morning – whether the contaminated food poses a health risk.
The agency is looking into whether the horsemeat contains the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Animals treated with the drug are not allowed to enter the food chain because it may pose a risk to human health.
Findus UK apologized to customers and said it was confident it has “full resolved” the supply-chain issue.
“We understand this it is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately,” the company said. Catherine Brown, chief executive of the U.K. Food Standards Agency, said that following its investigations into Findus, the agency is demanding more comprehensive meat testing from the food business “in order to demonstrate that the food it sells and serves is what it says it is on the label.”