Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls

Synopsis (Updated March 1, 2013)

Beef products from France, processed in Luxembourg, with raw material from Romania and Cyprus, via the Netherlands has been found contain a significant percentage of horse meat, based on DNA tests. The adulterated beef products have been distributed to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. French authorities believe that the French company, Spanghero, knowingly shipped the adulterated beef products, which were manufactured by Comigel in Luxembourg, and have suspended Spanghero’s health certificate. Spanghero’s management vigorously denies the allegation. On February 18th, France announced a partial lifting of the suspension, allowing Spanghero to produce minced meat, sausages and ready-to-eat meals, but not to stock frozen meat. In a separate incident, frozen beef burgers from Ireland also have been found to contain horse meat, based on DNA tests. The frozen beef burgers were distributed to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. The UK Food Standards Agency initiated raids on two establishments, with subsequent arrests and seizures of evidence. This police action may be related to a third horse meat adulteration involving Farmbox Meats (Aberystywth, Wales) and Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse (Todmorden, West Yorkshire). Approvals for both plants were suspended.

The following additional instances of adulteration were reported:

  • February 18th.- Germany reported undeclared horse protein in ravioli bolognese from France, with raw material from Romania, via the Netherlands; the product was distributed to Germany and Italy
  • February 18th.- Germany reported undeclared horse protein in beef goulash from Germany, with raw material from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland; distribution was limited to Germany
  • February 19th.- Italy (in relation to meat ravioli, meat tortellini with raw material from Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Italy); the products were distributed to Italy and Spain
  • February 19th.- Austria (in relation to beef tortelloni from Germany, produced in Liechtenstein, with raw material from Poland; distributed to Austria, Denmark, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom).
  • February 21st.- Austria reported possible fraud in relation to penne bolognese from Germany, with raw material from Italy via the Netherlands; the product was distributed to Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland
  • February 21st.- Germany reported horse DNA in frozen beef trimmings from Poland; the trimmings were distributed to Denmark, Germany, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom
  • February 25th.- Germany reported adulterated (detection of undeclared horse meat) pasta sauce bolognese from Austria; distribution was restricted to Germany
  • February 25th.- Italy reported adulterated (undeclared horse protein) in frozen lasagne bolognese manufactured in Italy and distributed to Italy and the United Kingdom and Italy
  • February 25th.- Denmark reported adulterated lasagne bolognese from Hungary; distribution limited to Denmark
  • February 25th.-  Czech Republic reported detecting horse DNA in frozen meatballs from Sweden, with raw material from Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Ireland and Poland; product was distributed to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • February 26th.- Slovenia reported horse DNA in tortelloni carne from Liechtenstein, produced in Switzerland
  • February 26th.- Czech Republic reported detecting horse DNA in frozen beef burgers from Poland that were distributed to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • February 26th.- Netherlands reported horse DNA in chili con carne from Belgium, with raw material from Ireland; product distributed to Luxembourg and the Netherlands
  • February 26th.- Germany reported undeclared horse DNA in lasagne bolognese from France; distribution limited to Germany
  • February 26th.- Italy reported horse DNA in lasagne from Italy; distributed to Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands
  • February 27th.- Germany reported adulteration of corned beef in natural juice from Latvia; the product was distributed to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
  • February 27th.- France reported undeclared horse DNA in frozen cannelloni bolognaise from France, manufactured in Italy; distribution was limited to France

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has expanded its testing program to include foodstuffs that contain beef as a major ingredient, including minced meat, prepared meat dishes, gelatine, beef dripping, stock cubes and steak. FSA issued its third summary report of industry test results on February 22nd. Companies reporting positive test results for horse meat included: ALDI, ASDA, Co-operative, Findus, Makro, Rangeland, Sodexo, Tesco, The Burger Manufacturing Company, and Whitbread Group plc.

Recalls and Withdrawals (Updated March 1, 2013)

AUSTRIA

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

BELGIUM

  • IGLO
    • Spaghetti Bolognese (450g)
    • Oxtongue Madera Sauce (450g)
    • MincMeat Leek Hotchp (450g)
    • MeatBall Tomato Sauce (450g)
    • Lasagne Bolognese (450g)
    • Chili Con Carne (420g)
    • Hamburger Peas Carrots (420g)
    • Hachis Parmenter Spinach (450g)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

BULGARIA

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

CYPRUS

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • EISMANN
    • Lasagne Bolognese (Product of Luxembourg)
  • TESCO
    • Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese (400g; Country of Origin Luxembourg; Expiry dates 24.2.2014 and 18.10.2013; Batch codes 24/02/14 240/12 8:30 and 18/10/13 111/12 17:03, respectively)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

DENMARK

  • HÅRBY SLAUGHTERHOUSE
    • Pizzakød
    • Formede bøffer
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

FINLAND

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
  • LIDL
    • Coquette Premium Canned beef goulash (500g; manufactured by Dreistern)
    • Combino Penne bolognese, frozen (750g; manufactured by Copack)
  • POUTTU OY
    • Pouttu Kebablastu (300g; Expiry 2.3.2013 or earlier)
    • Pouttu XXL-kebab (265g; Expiry 2.3.2013 or earlier)
    • Pouttu Pita Kebab (185g; Expiry 2.3.2013 or earlier)
    • Pouttu Snadi Kebab (120g; Expiry 2.3.2013 or earlier)
    • Pirkka Kebablastu (200g; Expiry 4.3.2013 or earlier)
  • VAASAN OY
    • VAASAN Ronski Salami (supplied only to professional kitchens)

FRANCE

  • AUCHAN
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise surgelées (1 kg; UPC 3596710034307)
    • Moussaka surgelée (350g; UPC 3596710275236)
    • Moussaka surgelée (850g; UPC 3596710275618)
  • CARREFOUR
    • Lasagnes bolognaises surgelées (600g; UPC 3245411440176; Lots #029/13, 030/13, 009/13, 010/13, 341/12, 340/12, 331/12, 332/12; Expiry dates 29/07/2014, 30/07/2014, 09/07/2014, 10/07/2014, 05/06/2014, 04/06/2014, 26/05/2014, 27/05/2014)
    • Lasagnes bolognaises surgelées (1 kg; UPC 3270190020073; Lots #007/13, 008/13, 355/12, 338/12, 339/12, 317/12, 318/12; Expiry dates 07/07/2014, 08/07/2014, 19/06/2014, 02/06/2014, 03/06/2014, 12/05/2014, 13/05/2014
    • Cannelloni bolognaise surgelés (600g; UPC 3560070398515; Lots #014/13, 317/12, 318/12; Expiry dates 14/07/2014, 12/05/2014, 13/05/2014
  • CASINO
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (300g; UPC 3222474411862)
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (500g; UPC 3222471975367)
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (1 kg; UPC 3222471975336)
  • CORA
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise surgelées (300g; UPC 3257981314818)
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise surgelées (1 kg; UPC 3257980974440)
    • Spaghettis à la bolognaise surgelées (300g; UPC 3257981314832)
    • Cannellonis à la bolognaise surgelées (900g; UPC 3257983875997)
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (300g; UPC 3257981314801)
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (1 kg; UPC 3257980974433)
  • FINDUS
    • Moussaka (600g; UPC 3599740007969; Lots #2257 BN, 2258 BN, 2272 BN, 2354 BN, 2355 BN; Expiry dates 09/2014, 12/2014)
    • Lasagnes Bolognaise (600g; UPC 3599740004517; Lots #2252 BN, 2255 BN, 2282 BN, 2283 BN, 2293 BN, 2294 BN, 2299 BN, 2300 BN, 2319 BN, 2320 BN, 2327 BN; Expiry dates 09/2014, 10/2014, 11/2014)
    • Lasagnes Bolognaise (1.2 kg; UPC 3599740007983; Lots #2240 BN, 2251 BN, 2252 BN, 2259 BN, 2261 BN, 2262 BN, 2283 BN, 2294 BN, 2300 BN, 2320 BN, 2327 BN, 2328 BN, 2339 BN, 2340 BN, 2346 BN, 2347 BN, 2356 BN, 3004 BN, 3005 BN, 3015 BN, 3016 BN, 3023 BN; Expiry dates 08/2014, 09/2014, 10/2014, 11/2014, 12/2014, 01/2015)
    • Hachis Parmentier (600g; UPC 3599740004500; Lots #2220 BN, 2241 BN, 2242 BN, 2256 BN, 2278 BN, 2279 BN, 2280 BN; Expiry dates 08/2014, 09/2014, 10/2014)
    • Hachis Parmentier (1.2 kg; UPC 3599740007990; Lots #2249 BN, 2258 BN, 2259 BN, 2265 BN, 2266 BN, 2348 BN, 2349 BN; Expiry dates 09/2014, 12/2014)
  • GRAND JURY
    • Lasagnes bolognaise surgelés (600g; UPC 3245390157911; Lot #341/12; Expiry date 05/06/2014)
    • Cannelloni bolognaise surgelés (600g; UPC 3560070398522; Lot #318/12; Expiry date 13/05/2014)
  • IKEA
    • KÖTTBULLAR chez IKEA frozen meatballs (1 kg pkg)
    • Vienna sausages
  • MONOPRIX
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (300g; UPC 3350030180652)
    • Hachis parmentier surgelé (1 kg; UPC 3350030180669)
  • NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL
    • Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes (produced for catering businesses)
  • PANZANI
    • Ravioli Pur Boeuf, canned
  • PICARD
    • Lasagnes à la Bolognaise “Formule Express” (300g pkg; Lots 314/12 and 315/12)
    • Chili con Carne “Cuisine Evasion” (350g pkg; Product code 7280.6)
  • SYSTÈME U
    • Cannellonis à la bolognaise de la marque U (1 kg; UPC 3 256 221 660 876)
    • Moussaka de la marque U (850g; UPC 3 256 220 258 524)
  • THIRLET
    • Moussaka (350g and 900g)
    • Cannellonis à la bolognaise (350g and 900g)
    • Chili con carne (300g)
    • Estouffade de boeuf purée (350g)
    • Hachis parmentier (350g and 1 kg)
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise (350g and 450g)
  • TOUPARGEL SURGELÉS
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise (350g; Lot 326/12; Expiry 21/05/2014)
    • Lasagnes à la bolognaise (1 kg; Lot 339/12; Expiry 03/06/2014)

GERMANY

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

GREECE

  • DEMKA GmbH
    • Destan Beef Salami (500g pack)
  • ΑΡΙΣΤΗ ΑΛΛΑΝΤΙΚΑ ΑΒΕΕ
    • Ananiadis Traditional Meats Kavourmas
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
  • MPATANIAN S.A.
    • AR-KAS/AP-KAΣ brand Armenian Kebab, frozen (1 kg pack)
  • ZIKOUDI VASSILIKI
    • Frozen Beef Meat Neck (Country of Origin: Romania)
    • Frozen Beef Meat Topside (Country of Origin: Romania)

HONG KONG

  • FINDUS (Imported by PARKnSHOP)
    • Beef Lasagne (360g; Manufactured by Comigel (Luxembourg); Imported from Britain)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

HUNGARY

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

IRELAND

  • ALDI
    • ALDI Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne (Country of Origin – Luxembourg; All batch codes; All best before dates)
    • ALDI Today’s Special Frozen Spagetti Bolognaise (Country of Origin – Luxembourg; All batch codes; All best before dates)
  • BIRDS EYE
    • Beef Lasagne, frozen (400g; All batch codes)
    • Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese, frozen (340g; All batch codes)
    • Shepherd’s Pie, frozen (400g; All batch codes)
  • FINDUS
    • Lasagne, frozen (320g, 360g, 500g packs; Country of Origin – Luxembourg; All batch codes; All best before dates)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
    • Vienna sausages
  • RANGELAND FOODS
    • Rangeland Foods Frozen Burgers (Various product names; Country of Origin – Ireland; Contains beef supplied from Poland)

ITALY

  • BUITONI (Nestlé)
    • Ravioli Brasato (230g; UPC 8000300301960; Product code 12193853; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Ravioli Brasato (230g promo; UPC 8000300316292; Product code 12203205; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Ravioli Brasato (450g; UPC 8000300301984; Product code 12193854; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Tortellini alla Carne (450g; UPC 8000300302004; Product code 12193878; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Tortellini alla Carne (230g; UPC 8000300301946; Product code 12194028; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Tortellini Carne (230g pacco doppio/twin pack; UPC 8000300306859; Product code 12193872; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
    • Tortellini Carne (230g promo; UPC 8000300316308; Product code 12203207; Best before dates up to and including 8 April 2013)
  • EUROCHEF ITALY srl
    • Lasagne alla Bolognese (Lot #10213; Expiration 30 March 2013)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
  • LA MARCHESINA s.r.l.
    • Piemontesino al vitello tortellini, fresh (500g; Expiry 13/03/2013; Lot #01/07)
  • PRIMIA
    • Lasagne Bolognese (Lot #12,326; Expiry May 23, 2014)

NETHERLANDS

  • IGLO
    • Chili Con Carne Rice (400g)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

POLAND

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

PORTUGAL

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
    • Vienna sausages

ROMANIA

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

RUSSIA

  • LANDHOF GmbH & Co.
    • Frankfurter Party Sausages

SLOVAKIA

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

SPAIN

  • BUITONI (Nestlé)
    • Beef Ravioli
    • Beef Tortellini
    • Fusilli boloñesa
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
    • Vienna sausages
  • LA COCINERA (Nestlé)
    • Canelones microondas
    • Empanada gallega de carne
    • Relleno de carne
    • Gratén de berenjenas
    • Empanadillas de carne

SWEDEN

  • AXFOOD
    • Eldorado Lasagne Bolognese (1 kg)
    • Willys Lasagne Bolognese (400g)
    • Hemköp Lasagne Bolognese (400g)
    • Eldorado frysta köttbullar (1000g; Best before 12/2-2014 or earlier)
    • Eldorado färska köttbullar (1000g; Best before 8/3-2013 or earlier)
    • Garant frysta köttbullar (600g; Best before 12/2-2014 or earlier)
    • Garant färska köttbullar (350g; Best before 8/3-2013 or earlier)
  • COOP
    • Coop Lasagne (400g)
    • X-tra fried meatballs, fresh (1 kg; Best before March 3, 2013 or earlier)
  • FINDUS
    • Findus 1-Portion Lasagne (375g)
  • ICA
    • ICA Basic Lasagne (400g)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
    • Wallenbergare veal patties
    • Cabbage and beef gratin (kålpudding)
  • LIDL
    • Coquette Premium Canned beef goulash (500g; manufactured by Dreistern)
    • Combino Penne bolognese, frozen (750g; manufactured by Copack)

THAILAND

  • IKEA
    • Meatballs

UNITED KINGDOM

  • ALDI
    • ALDI’s Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne (400g; All date codes)
    • ALDI’s Today’s Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese (400g; All date codes)
  • ASDA
    • Chilled Beef Bolognese Sauce (350g)
    • 4 Chargrilled Beef Quarter Pounders, frozen (454g)
    • 4 Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheese & Jalapenos, frozen (454g)
    • 8 Smart Price Beef Burgers, frozen (397g)
    • 4 Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounders, frozen (454g)
    • Spaghetti & Meatballs, frozen (400g)
    • Asda Beef Lasagne, frozen (400g)
    • Beef Cannelloni, frozen (400g)
    • Asda Sandwich Steak, frozen (240g)
    • Good For You Beef Lasagne, frozen (400g)
    • Asda Family Lasagne, frozen (1.4 kg)
    • Asda Microwave Pizza Beef & Jalepeno Pizza, frozen
    • Asda Bolognese Lunchpot, frozen
    • 4 Pork and Apple Quarter Pounders, frozen (454g)
    • 16 Beef Burgers, frozen (907g)
    • American Inspired 4 Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheese & Gherkins, frozen (454g)
    • Chinese Inspired 4 beef quarter pounders, frozen (454g)
    • Italian Inspired 4 beef quarter pounders, frozen (454g)
    • Morocco Inspired 4 beef quarter pounders, frozen (454g)
    • Mexican Inspired 4 beef burgers, frozen (227g)
    • 4 Chilli Beef Quarter Pounders, frozen (454g)
    • Asda diced pork, frozen (454g)
    • Asda diced beef, frozen (454g)
    • Smart Price mince, frozen (454g)
    • Lean beef mince, frozen (454g)
    • Asda lamb mince, frozen (454g)
    • Asda mince, frozen (907g)
    • Asda beef and onion mix, frozen (454g)
    • Asda chilli mix, frozen (454g)
    • Asda bolognese mix, frozen (454g)
    • Asda fajita mix, frozen (454g)
    • Asda casserole mix, frozen (500g)
    • 4 Dalepak gammon grills, frozen (340g)
    • 4 Dalepak lamb grills, frozen (320g)
    • 4 Dalepak lamb grills, frozen (4 x 80g)
    • 4 Dalepak bacon crispbake, frozen (4 x 90g)
    • 4 Dalepak beef crispbake, frozen (4 x 90g)
    • Chinese pork ribs, frozen (4 x 75g)
    • 4 Asda 100% beef quarter pounders, frozen (454g)
    • 4 Asda beef quarter pounders, frozen (454g)
    • 8 Asda beef burgers, frozen (454g)
    • 4 Asda big eat burgers, frozen (680g)
    • Findus beef lasagne, frozen (500g)
    • Asda 20 meatballs, frozen (500g)
    • Beef Broth Soup (600g)
    • Meat Feat Pasta Sauce (500g)
    • Chilli Con Carne Soup (400g)
  • BIRDS EYE
    • Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese (340g)
    • Shepherd’s Pie (400g)
    • Beef Lasagne (400g)
  • BRAKES
    • Brakes Spicy Minced Beef Skewer
  • CO-OPERATIVE GROUP
    • Co-op Quarter Pounder Burgers, frozen (4-pack)
    • Co-op Beef Burgers with Onion (8-pack)
  • CREATIVE FOODS
    • Creative Foods Lasagne
  • FINDUS
    • Frozen Beef Lasagne (320g, 360g, 500g; All date codes; All batch codes)
  • IGLO
    • Birds Eye Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese (340g)
    • Birds Eye Shepherd’s Pie (400g)
    • Birds Eye Lasagne (400g; £1.75)
  • IKEA
    • Meatballs
    • Vienna sausages
  • MAKRO
    • HS Beef Burger 80% (48/4oz; Art No 347507)
    • Unger Burgers 100% Beef Burger (48/4oz; Art No 276940)
    • Unger Burgers 80% Beef Burger (48/4oz; Art No 276942)
    • MQ Aberdeen Angus Beef Burger (12x6oz; Art No 268800)
    • Silvercrest 100% Steak Burger (20x4oz; Art No 289833)
    • Flamehouse 100% Burger (12x 1/4lb; Art No 350016)
    • Flamehouse Onion/Mustard Burger (12 1/4lb; Art No 350018)
    • MQ 95% Beef Burgers (4ozx20; Art No 215515)
    • Flamehouse Chilli Burger (12 x 1/4lb; Art No 350019)
    • Flamehouse Burger (12 x 1/4lb; Art No 350016)
    • HS Beef Burger 100% (48/4oz; Art No 347510)
    • HS Beef Burger 80% (48/2oz; Art No 347531)
    • FOSTON 62% MEAT BURGERS (40X113G; Art No 215899)
    • FOSTON HALAL BURGER (40X113G; Art No 341022)
    • Rangeland Beef burgers 97% (40 x 113g; Art No 288274; stocked only in Belfast stores)
    • Rangeland Steakbuster Burger (24 x 6oz; Art No 378833; stocked only in Belfast stores)
    • Rangeland Rangeburger 97% (84 x 2oz; Art No 380025; stocked only in Belfast stores)
  • RANGELAND FOODS
    • Frozen burger products
  • SODEXO
    • All frozen beef products withdrawn from UK catering operations
  • TACO BELL
    • Ground beef
  • TESCO
    • Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese
  • THE BURGER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    • Beef burgers supplied to food service kitchens
  • WHITBREAD PLC
    • Lasagne (restaurant product)
    • Beef burgers (restaurant product)

Links to recalls and product withdrawals

For Additional Coverage of the Horse Meat Investigations:

In Italy – il fatto alimentare (Roberto La Pira)

In France – Le Blog d’Albert Amgar

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