Nestle Chief Executive Officer Paul Bulcke. REUTERS/Denis
Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed
beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain 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
Nestle was not immediately available for comment.
The discovery of horsemeat in products labelled 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