February 19, 2013
Nestle, the world’s largest food maker has pulled some of its “beef” products off shelves after they were found to contain horse meat.
The company, based in Vevey, Switzerland, released a statement indicating it voluntarily withdrew beef pasta ready meals after tests conducted detected horse DNA.
“Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke,” Nestle said in a statement. “The levels found are above the one percent threshold the U.K.’s Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence.”
H.J. Schypke, a German subcontractor for one of Nestle’s suppliers, Belgium-based JBS Toledo N.V., said in a statement Tuesday that it had never knowingly procured horse meat.
“We regret this incident and will intensify our efforts to provide the highest quality products,” it said. “As a result, we will conduct genetic tests on all raw incoming meat in future.”
Nestle Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini meals are the brand name. AP.