“ Nestle is suspending deliveries of all its products that include beef from a German supplier because “traces of horse DNA” were found in the meat, the Swiss-based food giant said on its website Monday.
Nestle also is recalling two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from store shelves in Italy and Spain, the news release said. A lasagna product sold to French catering businesses will also be recalled.
“Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke,” the statement said. “The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK’s Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence.”
The company said there are no food safety issues and it had notified the authorities.
H.J. Schypke is a subcontractor of JBS Toledo N.V., a Belgian supplier.
“First centered on Britain and Ireland, the scandal over beef products adulterated with horse meat escalated across Continental Europe on Tuesday after Nestlé, one of the world’s best-known food companies, said it was removing pasta meals from store shelves in Italy and Spain.
Nestlé, which is based in Switzerland, said it had increased testing after the discoveries of horse meat in British foods and “traces” of horse DNA in two products made with beef supplied by a German company, H. J. Schypke.
The involvement of Nestlé is a significant act in a fast-moving situation that is forcing Europeans to question the contents of their meals.
Before the announcement, the horse meat crisis had already spread, with perhaps a dozen countries caught up in product recalls.