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Aldi frozen bolognaise, lasagne dishes 'at least 30pc horse' - tests

The Food Safety Authority says tests on Aldi’s products are positive – and says not to eat them if you’ve got them.
Feb 8th 2013, 10:19 PM 18,420 144

TESTS ON TWO frozen beef dishes sold by Aldi have tested positive for horse meat contents – prompting Ireland’s food safety watchdog to advise customers not to eat them.

The frozen beef lasagne and spaghetti bolognese products in the ‘Today’s Special’ line have both tested positive, under tests commissioned by Aldi itself.

The two products “tested positive for between 30% and 100% horse meat”, the FSAI said this evening.

The products were taken off the shelves by Aldi earlier this week after an alert from the French beef supplier, Comigel, which has been implicated in the latest scandal involving Findus products.

The FSAI has advised customers not to eat any such products, but instead to bring them back to the point of purchase.

Aldi is testing the products for the presence of phenylbutazone (or ‘bute’), a veterinary medicine which can be harmful to humans.

Horses treated with bute are not permitted to enter the human food chain.

Read: French watchdog trying to find ‘origin of horsemeat fraud’

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