Nestle pulls 'horsemeat' pasta from Italian shelves
Europe-wide scandal broadens19 February, 11:11
(ANSA) - Rome, February 19 - Nestle has pulled beef-filled pasta from Italian and Spanish shelves after tests found traces of horsemeat in the widening European food scandal.
A release by the company said that decision to remove Nestle-owned Buitoni ravioli and tortellini was taken after finding DNA traces of 1% horsemeat.
The company said that there are no health risks, but apologized to consumers.
The horsemeat scandal - dubbed by the media as 'Horsegate' - broke earlier this month after food officials in the UK discovered up to 100% horsemeat in beef lasagna sold by food retailer Findus.
The revelation came less than a month after officials in Ireland announced that horse and pig DNA had been found in frozen hamburgers on sale there.
In one case a hamburger sold by leading food retailer Tesco was found to contain 29% horsemeat.
Three people were arrested in Britain last Thursday in connection with the deepening European-wide scandal.