Horse meat in lasagna? Equine flesh keeps turning up in the strangest places. First it was frozen grocery store burgers then Burger King. Now the unappetizing, for some, ingredient has turned up in lasagne, according to a Feb. 7, 2013 report by the Christian Science Monitor.
Horse meat is considered safe for human consumption, so there is no health risk associated with the horse meat in lasagna. However, it's safe to say that consumption of this particular type of animal flesh is not for everyone. Many people who think nothing of eating cows and pigs by the pound cringe at the thought of eating horses.
Several stores had frozen burgers that tested positive for horse DNA last month: Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland. Blocks of frozen meat from a non-approved supplier in Poland turned out to be the culprit. The imported beef contained minute amounts of horse meat that made their way into burgers, including those sold at Burger King. It is unknown whether this latest issue was caused by the same source.
The horse meat in lasagna was found in 11 of 18 meals sold and tested by Findus, a frozen food company in the United Kingdom. The company has pulled its frozen meals from store shelves. The unsavory ingredient reportedly made up 60-100% of the meat in the products, but the U.K. Food Standards Agency wouldn't specify which brands, if any, contained 100% horse.