On Tuesday, Nestle has announced an unsettling discovery in some of their pasta products. CNN and The New York Times reported that traces of horse DNA were found in the meats it received from their German supplier, H.J. Schypke. Nestle is a currently suspending deliveries of all their products that contain beef.
"Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke," the statement said. "The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence."
Some of the products that are currently being recalled are: Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from the stores in Spain and Italy. There is also a lasagna product that is sold to a French catering company that will also be recalled and suspended from future deliveries until the situation is once again controlled properly.
Since the meats had to go through the Romanian customs the agents should have identified the meat as horse meat. Horse meat has a distinct smell, price, appearance as well as its own specific code. There were at least 750 tons of horse meat that was shipped; this went on over a six month period of time. Plenty of time for authorities to have been able to identify the meat that was labeled beef that in all actuality was horse meat.
Nestle states that the products in question do not pose any health hazards or food safety hazards. They want to assure their consumers that the quality and safety of their products is a top priority. The recall went into effect due to the fact that these pasta products containing beef were mislabeled.
Nestle will continue to enhance their testing to avoid this from happening in the future. Consumers think very highly of the Nestle Corporation and they want to do everything they can to meet the highest standards they set themselves and that are expected from all their consumers.
This isn’t the first time horse DNA has been discovered in meat products. This past January beef burgers were identified as containing horse DNA in Ireland and the UK. This is an ongoing concern for everyone who consumes products containing meat.
Wendy’s had the right catchphrase when they promoted their burgers which they incorporated into their commercials and slogan. That phase was popular in the United States and Canada and remembered by many for their humorous ads with Clara Peller which was televised back in 1984. Consumers that frequent Wendy’s have no need to worry. No horse meat has ever been used in their meals. It is the catchphrase that fits this unfortunate situation. Do you remember the commercials and slogan?
Where’s the beef?
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