ALDI Lasagnes and Spaghetti Bolognese Withdrawn Due to the Presence of Horse Meat

Saturday, 9 February 2013

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Alert Notification:



ALDI Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and ALDI Today’s Special Frozen Spagetti Bolognaise

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ALDI’s own checks revealed that some of its frozen beef lasagnes and spaghetti bolognese contain between 30% and 100% horse meat. The products have been withdrawn from sale from ALDI stores in Ireland. 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 low.

Action Required:


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


FSAI advises consumers not to consume the lasagne or spaghetti bolognese but to dispose of them or return them to the retailer.