Horse Meat Scandal Grows With New Find

by Nate Wooley | February 8, 2013 11:39 am

[1]The U.K. Food Standards Agency is now requiring all food producers to test for horse meat after a lasagna was found contain equine DNA.

The new source at issue comes from Findus Group, a U.K. packaged food company, BloombergBusinessweek reports[2]. The meat in the company’s frozen lasagna was tested and contained up to 60% horse meat.

The agency is now asking police to get involved in the investigation. According to a statement[3], the agency says that the level of contamination “points to either gross negligence or deliberate contamination in the food chain.” The statement links the current incident, and a previous one involving horse meat contaminated hamburgers[4], with respective suppliers in France and Ireland.

In a statement, Food Standards Ageny CEO Catherine Brown said, “We are demanding that food businesses conduct authenticity tests on all beef products, such as beef burgers, meatballs and lasagne, and provide the results to the FSA.” The deadline for completion of the tests is Feb. 15.

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