A Findus spokesman gave their version of the chronology of their lasagne product withdrawal:
- Early last week: Findus asks for certificates from its suppliers
- Saturday 2nd Feb: Comigel tells Findus there is a "traceability issue" and could not supply certificates. Findus asks Comigel to test DNA
- Sunday 3rd Feb: Products are still in stores
- Monday 4th Feb: Findus writes to retailers to withdraw 180,000 products as a precautionary measure
- Wednesday 6th Feb: DNA test results reveal traces of horsemeat
A leading food scientist says the rule change that sparked the horsemeat beef scandal affected lamb products too, and they should be tested.
Retailers and the Food Standards Agency held an emergency meeting today to decide how to proceed with the horsemeat scandal.
The government has called an emergency meeting with retailers and the Food Standards Agency to discuss the horsemeat scandal.