More food products withdrawn from North Lincolnshire stores after horse meat is found
More food products have been withdrawn from sale after being found to contain high levels of horse meat.
Tests on all processed beef products have been ordered by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after some Findus lasagnes were found to contain 100 per cent horsemeat.
The firm said its affected products were made by a third-party French supplier and the meals have been withdrawn from shop shelves.
Tesco, which has stores in Scunthorpe, Brigg, Ashby, Barton-Upon-Humber and Crowle, has withdrawn a range of meals produced by the French supplier Comigel.
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They include the supermarket giant's Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site as the Findus beef lasagne.
A Tesco spokesman said there was no evidence its product had been contaminated but it was being withdrawn pending test results.
Discount chain Aldi, which has shops in Scunthorpe, Brigg and Barton, has also withdrawn products as a precautionary measure.
An Aldi spokesman said: "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.
"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"They have been withdrawn immediately so that Aldi can conduct its own investigations into the factory concerned.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.
A Findus UK spokesman said: "Deserving consumers' trust is a key priority for us.
"As part of that commitment, we have been constantly reviewing our supply chain."
In a statement, the FSA said it had no evidence to suggest a food safety risk but it had ordered Findus to carry out tests for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or 'bute'.
Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health.
And agency bosses said they were now demanding a more comprehensive meat testing programme from food businesses.
Catherine Brown, chief executive of the FSA, said: 'Following our investigations into Findus products, the FSA is now requiring a more robust response from the food industry in order to demonstrate that the food it sells and serves is what it says it is on the label.
"We are demanding that food businesses conduct authenticity tests on all beef products, such as beef burgers, meatballs and lasagne, and provide the results to the FSA.
"The tests will be for the presence of significant levels of horse meat."
Results from the tests must be provided to the FSA by Friday, February 15.