Horse Meat Scandal Hits Nestle

'Beef' meals yanked in Italy, Spain

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 19, 2013 2:13 AM CST | Updated Feb 19, 2013 5:27 AM CST

(Newser) – The horse meat scandal galloping across Europe hasn't spared the world's biggest food company. Nestle, which previously insisted that its beef products had not been affected, has withdrawn beef pasta meals sold in Italy and Spain after DNA tests revealed that they contained more than 1% horse meat, the BBC reports. "There is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us," the company said in a statement, blaming the contamination on a supplier in Germany.

Statues of horses' heads above a horsemeat butcher shop  in Paris.
Statues of horses' heads above a horsemeat butcher shop in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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