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Albert Heijn supermarket withdraws lasagne as horse meat scandal spreads

Thursday 14 February 2013

The Albert Heijn supermarket chain has withdrawn lasagne sold under its Euroshopper budget brand because it was not labelled as containing horse meat as well as beef.

The Boni and Plus supermarket groups withdrew their lasagne products last week because of fears about contamination.

Horse meat is not dangerous but under Dutch law products should be labelled as including horse.

Horse meat has been found in products said to be 100% beef in Britain, Sweden, Ireland and Poland in recent days. In particular, frozen lasagne from a French firm was found to be up to 100% horse. French officials said last week a Dutch meat trader had a pivotal role in the supply chain.

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Readers' Comments

Is anyone really surprised at this revelation? The only surprise is that horse hasn been found in more products but I expect more to follow.

By groverpm | 14 February 2013 10:41 AM

That was my favorite.

By Bobke | 14 February 2013 2:56 PM

All these guys have been doing is keeping prices "lower" by reducing quality. No doubt they've been hammering their suppliers too, as does any big business. It's how things don't work in the end.

Not one mention of the amount of water injected into commercial meats either!

Either that or they have been making the things smaller for the same price.

Chasing the bottom line as a business method hasn't served us well. We'll all be eating Neutier next with these hard-boiled types whose thinking is as flexible as that of the old DDR bureaucrats.

By Gemma | 14 February 2013 5:48 PM

What's the fuss? A dead animal is a dead animal. If you have any respect for animals, and object to their utterly inhumane conditions (not to mention your own health), go veggie!

By glenn_uk | 14 February 2013 6:24 PM

This must be the tip of "meat-berg". What guarantees do we have that other similar products sold by the supermarket, labelled as "beef" are indeeed beef? I have bought oranges and other fruits at this supermarket and found a few rotten ones

Do they not know of incoming inspection? -- it is simple matter to do statistical sampling tests. The firm that I worked for did statistical quality control of incoming goods (non-food) and outgoing goods to check for quality.

Why have the food standards body not done any statistical testing... they were sleeping at the wheel, I would say!

By ConcernedConsumer | 14 February 2013 7:14 PM

@glenn. I think that you have missed the whole point here, it's not about the moral issue of eating or not eating meat. It is about the mislabling of food products for consumption. I have a fairly good idea that if veggie burgers were mislabeled and found to contain meat there would also be a scandal. We just want to know WHAT we are eating!

By Johnnie Asbo | 14 February 2013 7:33 PM

While I agree with your second sentence, Glenn, I don't think it is the actual animal being consumed that is the problem, but rather it's the blatant DISHONESTY coming from corporations that we can supposedly "trust".

By Stupid | 14 February 2013 8:42 PM

C'mon, horse meat means better quality! Mmmm.

By Francesco | 14 February 2013 9:19 PM

The only surprise is that it actually contains meat.

By TP | 15 February 2013 12:01 AM

To Glenn from UK, I have complete respect for your wish to be veggie but I like eating meat and will continue to do so.
The reason for the fuss is that if I buy something that says it contains beef but find it contains other meat products such as horse or pork, there could be allergy issues/religious/fraud issues to name a couple of reasons for the fuss....would you like it if you paid asparagus prices and got peas and carrots instead?

By Carol H | 15 February 2013 10:30 AM

@Johniee Asbo. I think everybody is missing the point. It's not about meat or which animal it came from, rather it's about how much it costs to produce and how much the finished product is sold for in other countries.
The average annual income in Romania is approx. 2000euro or approx. 95cents per hour. There's nothing more to say…

By Monika Earner | 15 February 2013 7:48 PM

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