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ALDI Frozen Beef Lasagne and Spaghetti Bolognese Test Positive For Horse Meat

Friday, 8 February 2013

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) confirms that it has been notified this evening that ALDI tests on the withdrawn products ‘Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne’ and ‘Today’s Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese’ have tested positive for between 30% and 100% horse meat.  These products were on sale in Ireland and ALDI withdrew the products from sale earlier this week following an alert from its French supplier, Comigel.  The FSAI is advising Irish consumers to check if they have purchased this product and if they have, not to eat it, but to return it to the point of purchase. 

ALDI is testing the products for the presence of phenylbutazone and it is unknown at this point in time if these products pose a food safety risk.  Phenylbutazone is a commonly used medicine in horses and horses treated with it are not allowed to enter the food chain. 

The FSAI will provide updates, when available. 

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