GENEVA / VEVEY, SWITZERLAND – Nestlé and Lidl, two of the giants in the food industry, said Monday they are recalling products marked with beef in which traces of horsemeat have been found. The Swiss company is recalling pasta with meat products from Italy and Spain, while Lidl’s recall covers Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Belgium.
“We are now suspending deliveries of all our finished products produced using beef supplied by a German firm, H.J. Schypke, a subcontractor of one of our suppliers, JBS Toledo N.V.
“Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke. The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK’s Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence. We have informed the authorities accordingly.
“There is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us.”