FSAI: ALDI lasagne and bolognese test positive for horse meat

Frozen beef lasagne and spaghetti bolognese from discount retailer ALDI have have tested positive for between 30% and 100% horse meat, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said this evening.

These products were on sale in Ireland and were withdrawn by ALDI earlier this week following an alert from its French supplier, Comigel.

The FSAI is advising Irish consumers to check if they have purchased this product and if they have, not to eat it, but to return it to the point of purchase.

"ALDI is testing the products for the presence of phenylbutazone and it is unknown at this point in time if these products pose a food safety risk," an FSAI statement said.

Phenylbutazone is a commonly used medicine in horses and horses treated with it are not allowed to enter the food chain.

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