Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Nestle' withdraws mislabeled beef ravioli from Italy, Spain

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Rome, February 19 - Swiss food giant Nestle' on
Tuesday became the latest company embroiled in a Europe-wide
food scandal when it announced it would withdraw Buitoni-branded
beef ravioli from Spanish and Italian supermarkets after it
discovered small traces of horse DNA in the products.
Nestle' reported the amount of horse DNA found in the
products was 1% of the total and said "there are no problems of
food safety".
The company, based in Vevey, Switzerland, said it would
replace the products with others which tests "confirm are 100%
beef".
The firm said it had blocked all deliveries from a German
company, called H. J. Schypke, "which works with one of our
suppliers".
Nestle' - which produces baby food, snacks, prepared meals
and pet food under brands including Gerber, Kitkat and Purina -
on Tuesday said it was "strengthening quality controls with new
tests".
"Guaranteeing the quality and the safety of our products
has always been a priority for Nestle'. We apologize to
consumers," the company said in a statement.
The widening scandal - which has spread to Norway, Russia,
Italy and Spain - began earlier this month when British food
company Findus (no relation to Italy's Findus) began to recall
prepared products, including lasagna, after discovering it was
made with horse meat rather than beef as promised on the
package.
That has led to further recalls by various companies across
Europe and raised concerns about how carefully the ingredients
in prepared foods are actually tracked.
European authorities have been quick to say that the
discovery that horse meat was substituted for beef in prepared
foods is not a health-security issue but a matter of
mislabelling.

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