The horsemeat scandal trots on thanks to our French friends. After Tesco’s burger blunder, the Food Standards Agency has been looking into supposedly “beef” meals. Turns out, Findus Beef Lasagne was in fact horse lasagne, or between 60 to 100 per cent horse, to be exact.
The frozen meals were provided for Findus by the French food supplier Comigel and, again, while horsemeat isn’t actually illegal on its own, labelling it as beef certainly is. The FSA’s currently warning people basically not to eat anything manufactured by Comigel, as there’s a possibility the horsemeat could contain a horse drug called phenylbutazone, aka ‘bute’, that’s dangerous to humans. Tesco, Aldi, and Findus have all withdrawn frozen products from sale, as horse-gate continues to gallop hard.
The FSA reckons this is “highly likely” a criminal endeavour, rather than a cock-up at the suppliers, and is currently investigating further. It seems the horse has truly bolted on this one, ending up in the mincer with Tesco, Aldi and Findus. [Telegraph]