Findus Lasagnes Withdrawn Due to the Presence of Horse Meat

Friday, 8 February 2013

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For Action

Alert Notification:



Findus Lasagne, 320 g, 360 g, 500 g packs; frozen

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Findus’ own checks revealed that some of its frozen lasagnes contain more than 60% horse meat.  The products have been withdrawn from sale from Tesco stores in Ireland, but may also be on sale in independent retail shops. Tests are currently underway to determine if the horse meat contains the veterinary medicine, phenylbutazone, commonly known as “bute”.

Nature Of Danger:

Phenylbutazone is not permitted in the food chain as it can pose a risk to health. In rare cases it can cause a serious blood disorder.  However, if horse meat that is contaminated with bute is consumed, the risk of damage to human health is considered to be low.

Action Required:


No action is required, but please notify FSAI ( of any concerns.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Food businesses are requested to remove Findus lasagnes from sale.


 The FSAI advises consumers not to consume the lasagnes but to dispose of them or return them to the retailer.