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Nestle Pulls Products Due To Horse Meat Scandal

2/19/2013 9:55 PM ET

Nestle is pulling two products from store shelves in mainland Europe following the horse meat controversy that broke last week. Traces of horse meat were found in packaged foods traced back to a German packing facility owned by H.J. Schypke, prompting Nestle to launch its own investigation.

The multinational food corporation admitted that it found traces of horse meat in two of its products, and has since pulled them from markets in Spain and Italy. The affected products include Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini in Spain and Italy and Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, which had already been pulled in France.

The company says that less the 1 percent horse meat was discovered in any product and there is no public safety concern.

"There is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us," Nestlé reps said.

The company added that American consumers should expect no recalls due to the scandal:

"Nestlé U.S.A. does not use meat sourced from Europe," a company statement said. "Additionally, U.S.D.A. meat inspectors are in all processing plants and also have responsibility to oversee any imported meat. We have also requested and received confirmation from all our meat suppliers that they do not provide Nestlé U.S.A. with any meat from the affected countries and companies."

by RTT Staff Writer

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