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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ready meals pulled amid meat scare

Tesco and Aldi removed frozen spaghetti and lasagne meals from shelves over fears of contaminated meat products

Frozen spaghetti and lasagne meals have been stripped from supermarket shelves as fears over contaminated meat products spread.

Retail giant Tesco and discount chain Aldi revealed they have withdrawn a range of ready meals produced by French food supplier Comigel.

The move follows concern over contamination of products with horse meat.

A Tesco spokesman said it took the step as a precaution after Findus beef lasagne was removed from sale.

"Following the withdrawal of Findus beef lasagne, which is produced by Comigel, we have decided to withdraw our frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site, as a precautionary measure," the Tesco spokesman said.

"There is no evidence that our product has been contaminated and the meat used in the Findus product is not used in our product. However, we have decided to withdraw the product pending the results of our own tests."

Aldi would not confirm if the products may have been contaminated or mislabelled.

"Following an alert from our French supplier, Comigel, Aldi immediately withdrew its Today's Special Frozen Beef Lasagne and Today's Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese from stores as a precautionary measure," it said.

The Polish chief veterinary officer has written to the Irish authorities requesting documents relating to the contaminated produce that has been linked to Poland.

Dr Janusz Zwiazek also asked for photos of labels from the products and all sample test results. Polish veterinary officials said they have carried out inspections at slaughter houses and factories believed to be linked to the contamination scare and found no evidence of horse DNA.

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