Coop pulls lasagna off the shelf to check for horse meat (update)

Possibility the scandal has reached Switzerland comes as group celebrates 20 years of organic food

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Updated 23:40  ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Coop, one of Switzerland’s two main supermarket chains, has taken lasagna supplied by French company Comigel off the shelves to check it for possible traces of horse meat, a spokesperson has confirmed to Swiss media.

The lasagna is marketed under the Coop label.

Late Tuesday Nestlé in Vevey issued a statement to say that the Findus brand lasagna in the UK, where horsemeat has been found, is not owned by the Swiss company, nor is it related to Findus Suisse, a popular brand in Switzerland.

At issue is the correct labeling and provenance of foods. Horse meat is both legal and widely considered a delicacy in Switzerland, as in France, with the products covered by quality control regulations; the animals must, for a start, be raised and fed for human consumption.

The horse meat that has been found, disguised as beef, in a number of countries, appears to have come from illegal or unegulated sources in some cases, .

Comigel is one of the suppliers being questioned elsewhere about its own sources in the often-complex food chain.

The checks by Coop come just as the company has begun celebrations for the 20th anniversary of its Natura foods, Switzerland’s first supermarket organic food line. Natura now has 1,600 products that carry the bud symbol approved for certified organic products.

Coop is adding several foods to the Natura collection as part of the celebrations, including new products by well-known brands: Zweifel potato crisps Stocki Knorr potato purée and Gala fromage frais by Emmi.