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UK's Most Popular Frozen Lasagna Contains Up To 100% Horsemeat



LONDON – British government food officials have warned the public not to eat frozen beef lasagna sold by the Findus brand after tests showed they contained up to 100% horsemeat.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered all British companies to test their processed beef products by next Friday, after it was revealed that lasagna sold by Findus contained up to 100% horsemeat instead of the advertised beef, reports the Guardian.

Catherine Brown, the FSA's chief executive, told the BBC: "We are demanding that food businesses conduct authenticity tests on all beef products, such as beef burgers, meatballs and lasagna, and provide the results to the FSA. The tests will be for the presence of significant levels of horsemeat.”


The FSA tested 18 beef-based processed Findus lasagna and found that 11 of them contained 60% to 100% horsemeat. It is advising people who have bought any Findus lasagna not to eat them and return them to the shop they bought them from.

Findus’s lasagna, says the BBC, are made by French company Comigel, which also makes frozen products (pizzas, appetizers and ready-made meals) for Tesco, Aldi, Auchan and Cora supermarkets as well as Picard Surgelés and Thiriet frozen foods. As of Friday morning, Comigel’s website was offline:

By Friday, Aldi and Tesco supermarkets were clearing their shelves of frozen spaghetti and lasagna meals produced by Comigel, reports the Guardian.

A Tesco spokesman told the Guardian it took the step as a precaution: "Following the withdrawal of Findus beef lasagne, which is produced by Comigel, we have decided to withdraw our frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site, as a precautionary measure. There is no evidence that our product has been contaminated and the meat used in the Findus product is not used in our product. However, we have decided to withdraw the product pending the results of our own tests."

The FSA is saying there is no evidence the horsemeat lasagna is unsafe, reports the Independent, however it is testing Findus products for an equine drug called phenylbutazone, or “bute,” which can cause cancers in humans and is banned from the human food chain in the EU.

Bute is an anti-inflammatory drug that is given to animals regularly to treat, pain and fever. It is the most commonly used anti-inflammatory in horses, says the Daily Mail and is banned from the human food chain because it can cause cancer.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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