The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated that testing on the brand Findus beef lasagna has uncovered up to 100 per cent horse meat as reported by The Telegraph on Feb. 7. The meals are prepared by the French food supplier Comigel on behalf of Findus and customers who have purchased the meals are being told not to eat them. The FSA also mentioned that there is no proof that the horse meat is a food safety risk.
The discount chain Aldi and the retail giant Tesco have withdrawn a large variety of meals that have been produced by Comigel because of the fear that they might be contaminated also. The FSA has verified that tests have been ordered on the lasagna to see if the veterinary drug phenylbutazone is in the meals. Animals that have been treated with "bute" are not permitted into the food chain.
Comigel has stated that customers who have purchased the products are being asked to email or call the company's customer care helpline for a full refund. In recent weeks, there have been investigations into beef products sold at British supermarkets and also Burger King because they contained horse meat.
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