Findus beef lasagne products found with horse meat

The Food Standards Agency found that 60% of the ‘beef’ in Findus lasagne was horse meat. Yes, 60%.

[Edit] News has come in that some packs of this ‘beef’ product were 100% horse meat. There’s talk of fraud.

[Edit #2] Now a veterinary drug called phenylbutazone, known as ‘bute’, has been reported in the lasagne. Here’s a newspaper article about it.

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I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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6 Responses to Findus beef lasagne products found with horse meat

  1. Finn Holding says:

    Is anyone actually eating beef these days? It sounds like everything is full of horse meat. Where is it coming from?

    • argylesock says:

      Quite. There’s talk of a police investigation and I hope that does happen. It’s no longer just a trace of horse DNA – somebody’s been committing crimes, it seems.

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  3. EqfE says:

    That is a good question, where is the horse meat coming from? I can’t tell if this is a widespread problem, or I widely reported minor problem. This is starting to remind me of the “scandal” some years back that found that ridiculously cheap sausages from supermarket chains were only something like 60% meat.

    • argylesock says:

      There’ll have to be a police investigation, I think. Because of consumer rights, and human health, and probably also because of animal welfare.

      I don;t recall that sausage scandal. It sounds as though you though it was pretty obvious that cheap sausages were full of non-meat fillers. If so, I agree. That’ll be why those products taste so bland.

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