Findus has denied claims it knew about the contamination of its food products last year, saying it was only made aware of a letter from a supplier in February.
The firm added that is was not invited to today's Defra summit on the crisis.
– Findus spokeswoman
Findus want to be absolutely explicit that they were not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year.
They were only made aware of a possible August 2012 date through a letter dated 2 February 2013 from the supplier Comigel. By then Findus was already conducting a full supply chain traceability review and had pro-actively initiated DNA testing.
Findus did not receive an invitation to this summit. However they are aware that the Food and Drink Federation, of which they are a member, will be attending.