February 18th, 2013
07:56 PM ET

Food giant Nestle recalls products after horse meat discovery

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.

Unauthorized horse meat has been discovered in a variety of products labeled as beef that were sold in supermarkets in countries including Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Ireland.

The meat industry was first thrust into the spotlight last month when Irish investigators found horse and pig DNA in hamburger products. The discovery of pig DNA in beef products is of particular concern to Jews and Muslims, whose dietary laws forbid the consumption of pork products. Jewish dietary laws also ban the consumption of horse meat.

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  1. banasy©

    Yuck. As chrissy would say, "have it your neigh." No way!

    February 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    when corporations get caught operating without conscience, they should be heavily fined...and held tort by the court system...consumers should hold on to their purchased frozen food...it just multiplied by millions...

    February 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Obama. 1411 days to go, unless he's impeached.

    February 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1608

    cnn i think that you should read your community guidelines and user content.

    February 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WhoCares

    Who cares? Jews/Muslims not eating pork or horse, wah wah. Horse meat isn't bad for you, nor pork, nor beef.

    Get over it.

    February 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    whattah about nestle's quik? nestle crunch?

    February 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iamrightyouarewrong

    When I here people say its cheaper to eat at a QSR than cook at home something is seriously wrong.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Would you rather hear them say we don't wash our lettuce or its washed twice. Please.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. candi

    that is so taboo. horse meat thats so twisted In ever aspect of the human race

    February 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |