Findus ready meals pulled amid horse meat scare
FROZEN spaghetti and lasagne meals have been stripped from supermarket shelves as fears over contaminated meat products spread.
Retail giant Tesco and discount chain Aldi revealed they have withdrawn a range of ready meals produced by French food supplier Comigel.
The move follows concern over contamination of products with horse meat.
A Tesco spokesman said it took the step as a precaution after Findus beef lasagne was removed from sale.
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"Following the withdrawal of Findus beef lasagne, which is produced by Comigel, we have decided to withdraw our frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site, as a precautionary measure," the Tesco spokesman said.
"There is no evidence that our product has been contaminated and the meat used in the Findus product is not used in our product.
However, we have decided to withdraw the product pending the results of our own tests.
"Aldi would not confirm if the products may have been contaminated or mislabelled.
"Following an alert from our French supplier, Comigel, Aldi immediately withdrew its Today's Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today's Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese from stores as a precautionary measure," it said.
"Comigel has flagged concerns that the products do not conform to specification. They have been withdrawn immediately so that Aldi can conduct its own investigations into the factory concerned. These investigations are continuing.
"We will continue to maintain active scrutiny across our supply lines and will always put the quality of our products and safety of our customers first.
"Findus UK said it withdrew its 320g, 360g and 500g lasagne meals as a precautionary measure after a labelling issue with its supplier was uncovered. The company insisted it was not a food safety issue.
"Deserving consumers' trust is a key priority for us," said a Findus UK spokesman. "As part of that commitment, we have been constantly reviewing our supply chain."