Findus beef lasagne contained up to 100% horsemeat, FSA says

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Published on 7 Feb 2013

Mirror. Shops took Findus Beef Lasagne off the shelves yesterday as it was revealed the dish contained up to 100% horse and may contain an animal painkiller.

In the worst case of food contamination so far, frozen food giant Findus confirmed 15 out of 18 samples of their Italian meal tested positive for horse.

But the Food Standards Agency revealed damning evidence that 11 out of 18 samples checked were between 60-100% horse.

The FSA also raised fears animal paracetamol may have made its way into the food chain.

The FSA said: “We have no evidence to suggest a food safety risk.

“But the FSA has ordered Findus to test lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or bute.

“Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health.”

Side effects include blood disorders and anaemia. The bute test results are expected by the weekend, Findus said.

The latest contamination case was uncovered after Findus withdrew its 320g, 360g and 500g lasagne made by French firm Comigel.

It scrapped three lines of lasagne two days ago amid serious concerns that they were tainted.

Last night tests found 83% of the samples contained horse.

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