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URGENT ¥¥¥ Norway pulls horsemeat products labelled as beef from shelves

Ready meals by frozen food giant Findus thought to contain horsemeat instead of beef have been pulled from supermarket shelves in Norway, the country's food safety authorities said Wednesday. "Frozen products that may contain horsemeat have been exported to Norway," the body said in a statement, adding that "all the major supermarket chains and Findus have confirmed to the food authority that they have withdrawn the products and they are no longer on the shelves in Norway." hh/mfp/wat

Swiss Coop says finds horsemeat in own-brand lasagnas

Swiss supermarket giant Coop said Wednesday that it had found horsemeat in its own-brand frozen lasagna produced by Comigel, the French firm at the heart of a Europewide food scandal. "We can't say for the moment what the quantity is," a Coop spokeswoman told AFP. Earlier Wednesday, the Coop group published a statement on its website saying it had turned to independent testers amid concerns that products labelled as beef could contain horsemeat.

Hollande says horsemeat scandal could hit French food sector

French President Francois Hollande warned on Wednesday that the horsemeat scandal engulfing Europe could seriously damage the country's frozen food sector. His comments came as European farming ministers and the European commissioner for health were set to meet in Brussels amid growing anger and recriminations over mislabelled meat products. "The president underlines that it is a serious affair in relation to consumer confidence and potentially serious for the consequences for the French sector," government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said.

Swiss Coop pulls frozen lasagna from stores

Swiss supermarket giant Coop said Tuesday it had withdrawn all frozen lasagnes produced by Comigel, the French firm at the heart of a horsemeat food scandal spreading across Europe. The chain said in an email to AFP that it was withdrawing all lasagnes prepared by Comigel as a "precaution", after it emerged that its products labelled as beef contained horsemeat. "We thus aim to reduce the risk that our clients purchase products that are wrongly labelled," said the chain, which has stores only in Switzerland.

Findus Nordic to sue France's Comigel over horsemeat

Frozen food producer Findus Nordic said Sunday it would sue French firm Comigel and its suppliers after horsemeat traced to Romania was found in its beef lasagne meals. "This is a breach of contract and fraud," the head of Findus Nordic, Jari Latvanen, said in a statement announcing the legal action. "Such behaviour on the part of a supplier is unacceptable," he added, noting that the meat in its lasagne meals was supposed to be French, German or Austrian beef. Findus "revealed the scandal" and is "absolutely furious" to be scapegoated in the affair, he said.

Comigel says 'fooled' by horsemeat, wants compensation

The head of French food producer Comigel said Sunday the company had been fooled by suppliers providing horsemeat as beef and vowed to seek compensation. "We were victims and it's now clear that the problem was not with Findus nor with Comigel," Erick Lehagre told AFP, after the Nordic branch of frozen food giant Findus said it planned to sue Comigel and its suppliers because horsemeat was found in its products marked as containing beef.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Comigel says 'fooled' by horsemeat, wants compensation

The head of French food producer Comigel said Sunday the company had been "fooled" by suppliers providing horsemeat as beef and vowed to seek compensation. "We were victims and it's now clear that the problem was not with Findus nor with Comigel," Erick Lehagre told AFP, after the Nordic branch of frozen food giant Findus said it planned to sue Comigel and its suppliers because horsemeat was found in its products marked as containing beef. cds/mm/gd

Findus Nordic to sue France's Comigel over horsemeat

Frozen food producer Findus Nordic said Sunday it would sue French firm Comigel and its suppliers after horsemeat was found in its beef lasagnes. "This is a breach of contract and fraud," the head of Findus Nordic, Jari Latvanen, said in a statement announcing the legal action. "Such behaviour on the part of a supplier is unacceptable," he added, noting the meat in its lasagnes was supposed to be French, German or Austrian beef. Findus has asked its suppliers to certify their meat, but Comigel was the only one to report irregularities, he said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Findus Nordic to sue France's Comigel over horsemeat

Frozen food producer Findus Nordic said Sunday it would sue French firm Comigel and its suppliers after horsemeat was found in its beef lasagnes. "This is a breach of contract and fraud," head of Findus Nordic, Jari Latvanen, said in a statement announcing the legal action. cbw/wat/txw

Horsemeat 'contamination' likely 'not accidental': Findus UK

Findus UK said Saturday it was taking legal advice after early results from its internal investigation "strongly suggest" that the presence of horsemeat in its frozen beef lasagne meals was "not accidental". They have also been told by their French frozen food supplier Comigel that "the contamination" of processed beef products with equine flesh could date back to August 2012.
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