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The Foreigner Norway food ‘horsegate’ scandal spreads. UPDATE: As food retail giant NorgesGruppen says a brand of lasagna it sells has horse meat in it, other supermarkets are starting to report the same. “The group received today, Friday 15th February, a final confirmation that the First Price Lasagne contains horse meat. This is not marked on the product,” the company says in a statement. In the press release, issued just days after Findus Norge had announced recall of its Bolognese product, NorgesGruppen also says that it “immediately withdrew the First Price lasagne from shop shelves at the end of last week following suspected use of horse meat in European food production.”

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Norway food ‘horsegate’ scandal spreads

Published on Friday, 15th February, 2013 at 15:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th February 2013 at 18:09.

UPDATE: As food retail giant NorgesGruppen says a brand of lasagna it sells has horse meat in it, other supermarkets are starting to report the same.



“The group received today, Friday 15th February, a final confirmation that the First Price Lasagne contains horse meat. This is not marked on the product,” the company says in a statement.

In the press release, issued just days after Findus Norge had announced recall of its Bolognese product, NorgesGruppen also says that it “immediately withdrew the First Price lasagne from shop shelves at the end of last week following suspected use of horse meat in European food production.”

The product is no longer available for sale, according to the company. NTB reports NorgesGruppen representatives inform them the horse meat content was up to 60 percent.

“This [lasagne] is produced at the same facility as Findus and other manufacturers,” communications director Per Roskifte tells NRK, saying this was at a suspected plant in Luxembourg.

Minister of Health Jonas Gahr Støre, Agriculture Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, officials from the Food Safety Authority, the Consumer Council, and food industry representatives are to hold an emergency meeting today about the situation.

Delegates will discuss measures taken to protect Norwegian consumers from any harmful effects of this type of unlabeled meat.

Continuous food safety monitoring systems established are also on the talks agenda, as well as possible scrutiny of food production methods.

NorgesGruppen asks all customers who have bought the First Price brand of lasagne return the product to the shop. A full refund will be given.

In latest news, both supermarket chains Coop and Rema 1000 also report they suspect finding horse meat in their own-branded lasagnes. According separately-released press statements, Coop says this may involve their frozen 400g and 1kg packets.

Reitangruppen-owned Rema 1000 confirms "there was horse meat in 1kg Lasagne bolognese that has been sold in Rema 1000 [shops]."

Coop states it has chosen to withdraw these products - produced by French Comigel - from their shelves due to the suspicion, whilst Rema 1000 withdrew its products a week ago as a precautionary measure.

Norway's Food Safety Authority confirms it has now decided to DNA test products containing beef products for possible horse meat content in line with other EU countries "as soon as possible."



Published on Friday, 15th February, 2013 at 15:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th February 2013 at 18:09.

This post has the following tags: horesgate, norwayfood, lasagne.





  
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