Cross-posted from Yahoo! Finance
In January, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) made a horrifying discovery — horse meat had been found in beef burgers that were then sold in supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland.
Since then the UK’s Food Safety Authority has admitted they had never tested beef for horse meat, and even Burger King were forced to admit that their Whoppers may have been contaminated with horse meat.
While the scandal has received a lot of attention, so far we’ve mostly been talking about contamination rather than full on “horseburgers” — though one burger from the British supermarket chain Tesco was found to contain 29% horse meat.
But now we have a new problem — “horselasagne”.
The Daily Mail reports that a popular brand that sells frozen beef lasagne’s in the UK has admitted their products may contain between “60 to 100 per cent” horse meat.
According to the BBC, those percentages were found in 11 out of the 18 lasagne’s tested.
It gets worse:
There are concerns that the horse meat used in the lasagne contained the drug bute
There are concerns that the horse meat used in the lasagne contained the drug bute, which is a known human health risk.
The company behind the lasagne, Findus, say the meat came from a French company, Comigel, at a plant in Metz. Comigel makes frozen beef foods for a variety of British supermarkets — the Mail reports that Tesco and Aldi have removed the products from their shelves.
There’s another twist. So far most investigations have pointed to a meat processing plant in Poland as the source of the horse meat, despite an official Polish denial.
The lasagne news may mean that Poland was a red herring — or it may show that illicit horse meat is worryingly widespread.
Meanwhile ITV reports:
Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said she would not currently eat any processed food labelled as containing beef and urged ministers to give advice to consumers on whether they should do the same.
“We’ve had 10 million beefburgers withdrawn,” Ms Creagh told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “What tests have been conducted on them, if any?
“The big concern for me now is corner shops, schools, hospitals, prisons, public-sector caterers, people who may have these products sitting in their fridges and freezers.
“There’s been absolutely no advice from Government ministers about what people should do.”
In a separate report, the chair of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Anne McIntosh, “urged consumers to buy local, in order to be confident of the source of their meat.”