Nestle says its Buitoni products now horsemeat-free
'New suppliers found to ensure beef-only food'28 February, 16:24
The company said Thursday that all products in its braised-beef ravioli and tortellini lines have been tested and will be clearly marked as containing beef.
Nestle was one of several European food giants forced to recall prepared meals that were advertised as containing beef but but were found to contain horsemeat.
Health authorities have maintained there is no particular risk to horse meat; the problem is one of false advertising and misleading consumers.
Nestle said that its Buitoni factory in Moretta in northwestern Italy has been carefully scrutinized and new beef suppliers found to ensure that no horsemeat is being used there.
"We switched immediately to find new beef supplies for quality that could fully expectations, and we have already done the DNA testing," said Manuela Kron, director of corporate affairs of the Nestle Group in Italy. The widening scandal - which has spread to Norway, Russia, Italy, France, and Spain - began earlier this month when British food company Findus (no relation to Italy's Findus) began to recall prepared products, including lasagna, after discovering it was made with horsemeat rather than beef as promised on the package.