Iglo’s Birds Eye brand caught up in horse DNA scare

February 22, 2013, 1:38 pm

Iglo Foods Group’s Birds Eye range is recalling 15 ready meals across western Europe after horsemeat was found in a Belgium-made product.

In the UK and Ireland the products being withdrawn are the brand’s traditional spaghetti bolognese 340g, shepherd’s pie 400g and beef lasagne 400g.

They are made by supplier Frigilunch NV, which also produces a branded chilli con carne sold in Belgium that has tested positive for traces of horsemeat.

“We want to reassure you from the testing we have completed that all Birds Eye beef burgers, beef pies and beef platters do not contain horse DNA,” said Birds Eye in a statement.

“Whilst this is not a food safety issue, it is clearly unacceptable. In accordance with our high standards, we are immediately withdrawing this product from sale in Belgium.”

Full Birds Eye announcement here.

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