Horsemeat scandal health fears

Ministers are facing calls from MPs for more testing of processed meat amid fears that beef products contaminated with horse meat could contain substances harmful to humans.

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Romanian Gov't: Horsemeat a matter of 'product control'

Romanian agricultural minister Daniel Constantin. Credit: Reuters

Romania's agricultural minister Daniel Constantin has responded to claims that horsemeat found in a number of frozen food products is reported to have come from Romania. Mr Constantin said:

"I asked for a report (regarding horsemeat export) and I don't want to comment before president of the Sanitary-Veterinary Authority present it to me.

"I hope to identify them (exporters) as soon as possible. In the end it is a matter of products control here, before they left for other EU markets."

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Findus Sweden recalls 20,000 frozen lasagnes

Food manufacturer Findus Sweden said it recalled thousands of packets of frozen "beef lasagne" after tests showed they contained horsemeat.

Findus in Britain began a recall from retailers earlier in the week, on advice from its supplier Comigel.

Findus in Sweden had purchased frozen lasagnes from a Comigel factory in Luxembourg.

The results from an analysis of the lasagne which we bought has come back positive for horsemeat.

Our lab has shown that the lasagne may contain between 60 to 100 percent horsemeat.

– Henrik Nyberg, a director at Findus Sweden

Findus Sweden said it recalled some 20,000 packages of its single-portion frozen lasagnes.

Beef supplier Comigel has headquarters in France

An exterior view of the Comigel factory in Luxemboug. Credit: ITN

Food supplier Comigel has its headquarters in Metz, France and a processing plant just over the border in Luxembourg.

Tesco and Aldi have withdrawn a range of ready meals produced at the factory.

Comigel alerted Findus and Aldi that their products "do not conform to specification" on Monday.

Boss Erick Leharge, 53, has so far refused to comment.

Horse meat scandal has become Europe-wide issue

The food industry must take action over the spate of grossly contaminated beef products in what has become a Europe-wide issue, a director from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has told ITV News.

Steve Wearne, reacting after meat in Findus beef lasagne was found to include up to 100% horse meat, denied the FSA should share a portion of the blame for the fall in standards.

Read: Horse meat scandal grows - and it is still far from over

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