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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.
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“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.
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