Horse Meat in U.K. Beef Products: What’s In the Lasanga?

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Certain frozen foods like lasagna and spaghetti have been recalled in the UK for possible horse meat contamination. Photo by: Silar

Certain frozen foods like lasagna and spaghetti have been recalled in the UK for possible horse meat contamination. Photo by: Silar

Horsemeat for dinner?

In the United Kingdom, people may be second-guessing plans to buy frozen lasagna meals. Apparently, the meat in the lasagna isn’t 100 percent beef. The UK Food Standard Agency has announced that 11 out of 18 beef products tested contained 60 to 100 percent horse meat.

Although experts do not believe there are any concerns for food safety or health related to the substitution, they are still  recalling these products.

Horsemeat Product Recalls

Findus, a popular food company in the United Kingdom is recalling beef lasagna that contains horse meat. According to Findus’ website, that the beef, which is actually horse meat, was supplied by a third party and not by Findus. Findus is recalling beef lasagnas in the following sizes: 320g, 360g, and 500g. All other Findus products have been tested and did not contain horse meat. Other products to be recalled include Aldi’s Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today’s Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese. Tesco products have also been recalled.

Comigel, a French food company is the center of the horse meat scandal. Comigel supplies meat to ‘tens of thousands of tonnes’ of frozen meals to 15 countries, reports The Guardian. The UK Food Standard Agency said that it is likely that criminal activity is at blame for the contamination of horse meat. Comigel could be subject to large fines, even if the fraud has been committed by Comigel’s suppliers.

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