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A German firm implicated in a horsemeat scandal involving food giant Nestle denied on Tuesday that it had ever bought horsemeat and stressed it was merely a processing firm, buying in supplies from outside.
Swiss giant Nestle has withdrawn two pasta products from Spain and Italy after finding traces of horsemeat DNA and also announced it was suspending deliveries of all products using beef supplied by German firm H.J. Schypke.
H.J. Schypke said in a statement that it was "exclusively a processing operation. We do not slaughter or chop up" animals.
"We buy all raw materials already chopped up, fresh or frozen, from certified suppliers ... we would like to point out expressly that H.J. Schypke has at no time purchased horsemeat," the statement added.
The firm said it "greatly regretted" the current case and vowed to carry out genetic tests on raw meat in future.
It added it was working with the authorities to clear up the case "which is urgently in our own interest."
JBS also distanced itself from the scandal saying that H.J. Schypke was "not in any way part of the JBS Group."
"In this specific case, from the outset of supply, all operational and logistical processes were carried out by the German supplier who delivered the product to the final client," said JBS.