Nestle, the global food biggie, has removed beef pasta meals from shops in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horse DNA. The co withdrew two chilled pasta items, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini in Italy and Spain. Lasagnes la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen item used by catering businesses in France, will also be taken off.
The discovery of horsemeat in items labelled as containing beef has spread through Europe since January, causing product withdrawals, consumer protests and government probes into the complex food-processing chains.
Meanwhile, governments have stressed that horsemeat poses no health risk, although some dead bodies have been found containing a painkiller banned for humans but it has damaged the consumers’ faith in supermarkets and food chains ever since horsemeat was first identified in Irish beef burgers.