Taco Bell has discovered horse meat in its beef products, the company said in a statement. Three outlets in Britain all say its affected stock has been removed. The products came from a supplier in Europe.
Taco Bell: “Once we learned of this issue, we immediately voluntarily tested our product for our three Taco Bell restaurants in the UK. Based on that testing, we learned ingredients supplied to us from one supplier in Europe tested positive for horsemeat. We immediately withdrew it from sale, and discontinued purchase of that meat and contacted the Food Standards Agency with this information. We apologise to our customers and take this matter very seriously as food quality is our highest priority.”
Other affected products include Birds Eye,s traditional Spaghetti Bolognese and Beef Lasagne, Brakes’ Spicy Beef Skewer.
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.
As I predicted here on the TheCount.com, this horse meat scandal just got a lot bigger with the shocking admission that not only were people eating horse they bought as “fresh beef,” folks were also downing high quantity of the powerful horse painkiller, bute or Phenylbutazone.
Eight horses slaughtered in the UK have tested positive for the veterinary painkiller bute, according to the Food Standards Agency. Phenylbutazone can cause rare, life-threatening conditions in humans, such as blood dyscrasia. Special correspondent Felicity Lawrence explains the significance of the drug entering the food chain…
A major frozen lasagna manufacturer, Findus, has admitted to using 100 percent horse meat and a mystery drug in their Italian style entrée, “Deep Fill” Beef Lasagna. Officials are only describing the drug as “a known health risk.”
The stunning admission by the frozen food giant makes it only the latest in a series of companies caught dealing horse meat to unsuspecting consumers….
Comigel, the company which produced the contaminated Findus lasagne at its manufacturing plant in Metz, eastern France, has refused to explain itself.
Comigel management had no statement to release and simply said the 53-year-old president of Comigel, Erick Leharge, was ‘unavailable for comment.’ source
This is the first time of a confirmed instance of a non-beef “burger product” being contaminated. There is also a worrying possibility that the Findus products contained a drug which is was described by officials as a known health risk.
Well this would be a good story for Piers Morgan… Authorities say the DNA of horses and pigs has been found in ground beef burger products sold in the UK and Irish supermarkets. Some products contained as much as 37 percent horse meat.
Out of 27 products analysed, 10 contained horse meat and 23 contained pig meat.
The Republic of Ireland’s food safety authority discovered the issue, identifying the meat came from two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.
Though it poses no risk health, people buying and consuming the burgers had no idea they were eating horse meat,
“In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horse meat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger,” said one unlucky customer.
Retailers were ordered to remove all implicated batches of the burgers, at least until they get caught the next time…
“Rio” may have taken the box office crown this week, but a 40 year old gangster classic is a movie so good that people often lie about seeing it.
Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” was the top film that Brits lied about having seen, according to UK video rental company LOVEFiLM. In a poll of 1500 people, 80% admitted to having lied about seeing the 1972 classic. Americans never lie about such things, so we’re pretty safe, but the rest of the list is bound to spark some debate.
1. The Godfather
3. Taxi Driver
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
5. Reservoir Dogs
6. This Is Spinal Tap
7. Apocalypse Now
=8. Blade Runner
10. The Great Escape
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