Nestle has removed beef pasta meals sold under its Buitoni
brand from sale in Italy and Spain after finding traces of
horsemeat. REUTERS/ Alessandro Bianchi
Britain is expanding meat testing to a wider range of
products, including ready-made meals, as the scandal spreads
over the sale of mislabelled horsemeat, the country's food
regulatory agency said.
The Food Standards Agency said that as well as its original
plans to check 224 samples of raw beef products for horse and
pork DNA, it was now overseeing the testing of 140 meals such
as lasagne, cottage pie and ravioli.
"This will give us a full a picture as we can possibly have,"
an FSA spokesman said. "We became aware that the issue was
bigger than just burgers and it became sensible to look into
other products too."
Nestle removed Buitoni brand beef pasta meals from sales in
Italy and Spain on Tuesday, the latest European food company
to find traces of horse DNA in its products.
The FSA said it would also survey a further 150 samples of
products marketed as containing beef - including kebabs,
gelatine, and stock cubes - as part of an EU-wide testing
The tests will be carried out by local authorities and
include loose food, such as cafe sandwiches, it said.
The regulator said last week that it had found 29 samples of
horsemeat in the food chain, in a separate swathe of tests it
carried out of samples demanded from retailers.
The scandal, which has triggered product recalls and damaged
confidence in Europe's vast and complex food industry,
erupted last month when tests carried out in Ireland revealed
that some beef products also contained horsemeat.