Switzerland-based food giant Nestle has said that it is halting delivery of all its products, including beef from a German contractor H.J. Schypke,, because horse DNA traces were discovered in the meat. The company also said that it is recalling beef pasta meals for sale in Spain and Italy and a lasagna product sold to catering companies in France.
"Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke," the statement said from Nestle said, according to CNN. "The levels found are above the 1 percent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence."
The Swiss-based food supplier also said that that it is improving the existing sophisticated quality assurance program by including examinations on beef for horse DNA before production.
The discovery of horse DNA in beef products has spread across Europe since January, leading to product pull outs, consumer annoyance and regulators’ probes into the continent's multifaceted food-processing systems.
Nestle, which is the world’s biggest food company, said the previous week that the horsemeat scandal has not affected its products, but recent tests found more than 1 percent horse DNA in some of its products.
Meanwhile, governments across Europe are stressing that consuming horsemeat leads to very little or no health danger, even though some cadavers have been discovered with an analgesic that has been termed risky for human consumption.
Suppliers fear that in the end they will be held responsible and would be forced to bear the cost, which would add to the margin difficulties, which some industry analysts think led to the problem in the first place.
“The people who in the end will suffer are the food manufacturers, because they will be forced to undertake testing. And the people with the power in this relationship on the whole are the food retailers,” said one industry player, according to Financial Times.
It is pertinent to mention here that Irish probers were the first to discover pig and horse DNA in beef hamburger products. The existence of pig DNA in beef products is of special concern to Muslims and Jews, who are religiously forbidden from consuming pork products. Jewish laws even forbid eating horsemeat.