Europe Horsemeat Scandal Widens: Frozen Lasagna, Spaghetti Found Tainted
Frozen spaghetti and lasagna meals were removed from supermarket shelves this week in the U.K. following the discovery that products advertised as beef actually contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat, reports the BBC. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered all British food companies to test their processed beef products before Feb. 15.
The Findus Group, a multinational food business with headquarters in the U.K., came under the spotlight earlier this week when it announced that it had found horsemeat made up the majority — or in some cases, all — of the meat in 11 out of 18 beef lasagna meals. The chief executive of the FSA, Catherine Brown, told the BBC that she believed the contamination was the intentional result of fraud rather than just a mistake. “I have to say that the two cases of gross contamination that we see here indicates that it is highly likely there has been criminal and fraudulent activity involved,” she said.