SUPERMARKET giant, Aldi, has blamed their beef supplier, Comigel, after tests reveal there is up to 100% horsemeat in their beef products.
Aldi have now withdrawn all their products with the controversial meat, including their ready meal range, frozen lasagne and spaghetti bolognese.
A spokesman for Aldi said random tests had shown that the products they had withdrawn contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat.
He said: “This is completely unacceptable and like other affected companies, we feel angry and let down by our supplier.
“If the label says beef, our customers expect it to be beef.
“Suppliers are absolutely clear that they are required to meet our stringent specifications and that we do not tolerate any failure to do so.”
The company added that it would test the meals for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, often referred to as bute, but said it was confident the meals were safe.
Cow and Gate, one of the UK’s major baby food companies, has also begun testing its 14 lines containing beef.
The company, part of the French-based multinational Danone, has no production plants in Britain but has factories in France and Spain.
The company has insisted it can trace meat back to a specific cow.
Heinz said it did not source from Comigel and would be responding to the request for testing.
“The company has insisted it can trace meat back to a specific cow”
Doh, this is nothing to do with tracing a specific animal, this is likely to be a man in the middle attack whereby forged documents and meat stamps are being used to pass off horsemeat (and other meat perhaps) as beef.
Nothing in the food chain is unaffected by these sorts of issues. Even if Horse and Gate can trace back to a specific animal, there’s still no 100% way of ensuring it wasn’t fed on animal remains, so essentially no meat is safe. Glad I went veggie lol.
Quite so. Even if they have bits of paper that does not address the real issue.
I often wondered what happened to the racehorse Shergar. He has gone to Aldi and Tesco.
David I think it was aldi niti (he was more suited to aldi )and in the case of tesco well their lasange is low in fat and high in shergar…
Tesco’s Lasagneigh is also affected.
Nothing wrong with Horse meat… just should not hide the fact…! Up until recently France & Belgium were fairly high consumers of Horse Meat…. Also…might be an idea to test the contents of the so called 100% Beef of some of the fast food chains….
No point in bolting the stable door after the ………., nevermind.
Nothing wrong with horse meat, what about the cancer causing drugs that are in the horse meat. Wonder how some food is so cheap, it is full of things you may not imagine. Don’t eat ready meals. What are the animals being fed on as well. I am surprised we are living longer. I am not joking, but maybe that is why poorer families die younger because they are eating all this rubbish without knowing it.