Aldi Supermarkets Find Up To 100% Horse Meat in Some Beef Products

by , 02/11/13

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In the latest development in the horse meat scandal, the Aldi supermarket chain just announced that some of its frozen beef products were found to contain up to 100 percent horse meat. The affair started in mid-January when food inspectors in Ireland found horse meat in burgers stocked by several UK supermarkets – including Tesco, Iceland and Lidl. The Food Standards Agency will meet the environment secretary, food suppliers and retailers on Saturday to discuss the issue.

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Some frozen food products sold in Britain were found to contain up to 100 per cent horsemeat. The Swedish company Findus withdrew its beef microwave meals from sale in the UK, France and Sweden. Aldi said that its tests demonstrated that the withdrawn products contained between 30% and 100% horse meat.

“This is completely unacceptable and like other affected companies, we feel angry and let down by our supplier. If the label says beef, our customers expect it to be beef. Suppliers are absolutely clear that they are required to meet our stringent specifications and that we do not tolerate any failure to do so,” said a spokesman for Aldi.

The products implicated are from French supplier Comigel – the company that also supplied Findus. Comigel claimed that its meat supplies were bought from a company called Spangero, but it was later established that the beef was sourced from Romania.

“Findus want to be absolutely explicit that they were not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year,” said Findus in a statement. “They were only made aware of a possible August 2012 date through a letter dated 2 February 2013 from the supplier Comigel. By then Findus was already conducting a full supply chain traceability review and had pro-actively initiated DNA testing.”

“We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagna from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem,” said Owen Paterson, the UK’s Environment Secretary.

Meanwhile, The FSA said there is no reason to suppose there is a health risk and advised customers not to throw away frozen meat products. The investigation into the presence of horse meat in everyday products is underway, with the FSA ordering UK firms to test all processed beef foods.  Although there have been claims that the horsemeat scandal is part of an international mafia conspiracy, the Metropolitan police stated that they will not carry out a criminal investigation.

“Although we have met with the FSA we have not started an investigation and will not do so unless it becomes clear there has been any criminality under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan police service.”

Via The Guardian

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  1. Diana Beall February 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    And, this is a shock. McDonalds and Burger King in Canada, I think, found 1% horse meat in their burgers. I expect there\\\’s horse meat in meat sold in the US, too. I look at meat in the grocery store in a different way now. I have been a vegetarian for almost a year now and very healthy. Working on becoming a vegan. The only safe place to buy meat is at a butcher shop, and one can only wonder about their meat, too. The only way to really control this situation is to stop horse slaughtering, stop horse exports for slaughter and make it illegal to slaughter horses for meat. That\\\’s a start. Besides, there\\\’s dangerous chemicals in the majority of farmed animals, too. HELLO.

  2. carolyn Lanier November 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Aldi can not help if their suppliers did that to them, don’t blame them, at least they are trueful about it.

  3. Ray Jeffrey October 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    if yall do the research look at poland and canada they all sever horse meat there and i am a complete cowboy and love all my horses but if a horse is at the end why not send it off? hell what bout cattle huh they shoot up catlle with shots ect ect i used to work for ibp know as tyson now and i used to butcher em so before everyone gets pissy every animal on the planet gets kill and eaten it really is not bad to eat animals…. so calm down bout it unless its being tortured and all that……

  4. redhed100 September 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    To Elizabeth Dana – this was found in the UK and it did not come from the USA. Also, ALDI did their own testing of the meat they bought from OTHER SUPPLIERS, they were checking on it themselves. They were not trying to hide it. Thankfully they are honest enough to let customers know. That is a rare move in a corporate world. At least they were being honest. I would go back and get other things and wait until the meat issue has been resolved. Don’t boycott a place because they tested their supplier and then warned the customers.

  5. jessica koivu September 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    This is disgusting,I will never step into a aldis store again!!!! They should be shut down!!!! Horse meat for cryin out loud????

  6. Sonjalyn Dickson Rine February 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve Never Purchased Meat From Aldi…But I Will NEVER Go In Another Aldi Store Again…This Makes Me SICK!

  7. Elizabeth Dana February 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Horse meat has sooooo much drugs tumors cancer etc…horses ARE NOT meat animals….ating horsemeat is liking going to the local cat and dog kill center and hitting the dogs and cats enough to knock them out for 2 minutes then string them up and gut them alive…EUROPE WAKE UP that horsemeat came from horses sold at auctions or stolen by kill buyers who run around picking up any and all damned horses they can get their hands on….over 10 percent of them die before they get to the slaughter house with ripped open bellies legs dragged through trailer bottoms on roads….OUT LAW HORSE MEAT FROM AMERICA…

  8. philatonian February 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Wow. Aldi got it from Comigel, Comigel got it from Spangero. Even if I bought legit beef, I’d rather eat fresh horse meat than any meat that was passed through half of Europe before ending up in my fridge.

  9. Shannon Willis February 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Scandal, horror, horror,
    Love Aldi, same company as Trader Joe’s.
    Horse meat and the mafia… What’s up with this planet?

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