Horse meat crisis reaching Nestlé

by Editor
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nestlé is now suspending deliveries of all of their finished products produced using beef supplied by a German firm, H.J. Schypke, a subcontractor of one of their suppliers, JBS Toledo N.V.

Tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke. The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence. Nestlé has informed the authorities accordingly.

According to Nestlé here is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet high standards expected from consumers. Therefore they are voluntarily removing two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain immediately, and will replace them with product confirmed by DNA testing to be made from 100% beef. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen meat product for catering businesses by Nestlé Professional produced in France will also be withdrawn from sale and replaced with product made from 100% beef.

Nestlé are also enhancing our existing comprehensive quality assurance programme by adding new tests on beef for horse DNA prior to production in Europe.