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Horsemeat sold as beef in UK

8 February 2013 

Horsemeat tests ordered on beef products

Food retailers have been told to carry out tests on all processed beef products after some Findus lasagnes were found to contain 100% horsemeat.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which ordered the UK tests, said it was "highly likely" criminal activity was to blame for the contamination.

It said there was no evidence of a health risk, but its chief executive said it was an "appalling situation".

Findus has apologised to customers and withdrawn the meals from sale.

Findus is the latest company to be caught up in the controversy surrounding contamination of meat products, which has affected companies in the UK, Irish Republic, Poland and France.

Findus's affected products were made by a third-party French supplier, which had alerted the company to concerns that the beef lasagne product did not "conform to specification".

'Criminal trade'
Catherine Brown, the FSA's chief executive, told the BBC: "I have to say that that the two cases of gross contamination that we see here indicates that it is highly likely there has been criminal and fraudulent activity involved. (...)

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