Asda boss' horsemeat shock

The boss of Asda today described his "shock" as revelations of the horsemeat contamination scandal broke, vowing to leave "no stone unturned" to address problems in the supply chain.

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Nestle finds horsemeat in beef pasta meals

Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from sale in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horse DNA. Swiss-based Nestle, which just last week said its products had not been affected by the scandal, said its tests had found more than 1% horse DNA in two products.

Nestle withdrew two chilled pasta products:

  • Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, in Italy and Spain
  • Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen product for catering businesses produced in France, will also be withdrawn

Nestle says it is suspending deliveries of all products made using beef from a German subcontractor to one of its suppliers.

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Majority 'not worried' about eating horsemeat

A majority of people say they are not worried about unknowingly eating horsemeat, with men being especially unconcerned, according to an ITV News Index poll conducted by ComRes.

  • 27% of people said they think they have eaten horsemeat without their knowledge and are concerned about it.
  • Women are more likely to be concerned than men: 30% of women, compared to 23% of men.
  • 51% said they think they have probably eaten horsemeat but are not concerned about it.
  • 58% of men reported being unconcerned about eating horsemeat, compared with 45% of women

On the principle of eating horsemeat in general, the public seem divided, and strong gender differences prevail.

  • 44% said they do not mind eating horsemeat, as long as they knew what they are eating
  • 46% said they did mind eating horsemeat
  • 53% of men said they did not mind eating horsemeat, as long as they knew, whilst 56% of women said feel uncomfortable eating the meat

ComRes surveyed 2,050 people.

Third of public 'buying less supermarket meat'

One third of the British public claim they are buying less meat from supermarkets as a result of the horsemeat scandal, whilst 12% of people say the revelations have made them consider giving up meat altogether, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

  • 35% of people said they are buying less meat as a result of the horsemeat scandal
  • 22% of people said they have stopped buying meat from supermarkets altogether
  • 12% said they are actively considering giving up meat as a result of the scandal
  • Of the 12% who said they are considering giving up meat, 16% are women, and 9% are men
  • 8% said the scandal has made them give up meat altogether, already

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Trust in food industry diminished by horsemeat scandal

Public confidence in the food industry has been undermined by the horsemeat scandal, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

  • 31% of people said they were confident the meat they buy contains the ingredients stated on the label.
  • 43% said they were not confident their meat product was correctly labelled.
  • 36% of people said they thought the food industry was "generally trustworthy"
  • 44% disagreed that the food industry was "generally trustworthy"

ComRes surveyed 2,050 people.

Horsemeat scandal to increase the price of beef

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson met with retailers today to discuss how they can restore public confidence in beef in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

The results from the remaining tests are expected on Friday and retailers have promised plans for more tests and stricter controls on food processing, but such tests are costly and it looks like consumers will be the ones to pay.

Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports

More: Tests results due as European police close in on meat traders

Test results due as Euro police close in on meat traders

The Environment Secretary said he expects more test results on meat products by Friday as he confirmed investigations by Europol were well advanced.

Government ministers met with the European Union's law enforcement agency last Thursday.

Owen Paterson met with food retailers and trade bodies to discuss what was being done to restore consumer confidence following the horsemeat scandal. Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons were among those at the meeting.

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson speaking after the meeting with food industry representatives. Credit: ITV News

He said: "Today, the industry committed to work as hard as it can to get out the remaining results by Friday. They will be announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Some may be completed the following week, considering the pressures on laboratory capacity."

Mr Paterson added: "The FSA instigated proceedings with Europol, and I was there last week, and we look forward to the results of those investigations.

"Not just here, where they are working very closely with a number of police forces, but also in very active investigations in France and other countries, which will now be coordinated through Europol."

Mr Paterson said he would be meeting with the food industry on a regular basis.

Read: Horsemeat test results 'by Friday'.

Paterson: Remaining horsemeat test results by Friday

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has spoken after the meeting with supermarket bosses and representatives from the food industry on the horsemeat crisis:

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Owen Paterson on #horsemeat: the industry is committed to working as hard as they can to get out the remainder of test results by Friday

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Owen Paterson on #horsemeat: within the food industry there is an absolute determination to restore consumer confidence in their products

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