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Horsemeat revealed in German tests

German authorities announced on Tuesday that 24 samples out of 360 official tests carried out on meat had revealed traces of horsemeat as the scandal of horse mislabelled as beef spread across Europe. "We have the results of 360 tests from the federal states, of which 24 tested positive for horsemeat," a consumer affairs ministry spokesman told reporters. "It's too early to assign blame unilaterally... the authorities are working in the federal states to work out who should take responsibility," said the spokesman, Holger Eichele.

Global giant JBS to stop marketing European beef

The world's top beef processor JBS said its Belgian branch would stop marketing European meat until the scandal over horsemeat sold as beef is resolved. The move came after food giant Nestle said it was withdrawing two types of pasta meals from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain after traces of horsemeat were found and suspending deliveries of all products using beef supplied by German firm HJ Schypke, a subcontractor of JBS Toledo.

Nestle pulls meals in Italy, Spain as horsemeat scandal grows

Swiss giant Nestle has become the latest food company hit by Europe's horsemeat scandal, withdrawing two types of pasta meal from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain due to contamination. The news came Monday as German discount chain Lidl pulled ready-made meals from the shelves of its Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Belgian stores as it also confirmed the presence of horsemeat.

Nestle pulls meals in Italy, Spain as horsemeat scandal grows

Swiss giant Nestle has become the latest food company hit by Europe's horsemeat scandal, announcing it is removing two pasta meals from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain due to contamination. The news came Monday as German discount chain Lidl pulled ready-made meals from the shelves of its Finnish, Danish and Swedish stores as it also confirmed the presence of horsemeat.

Nestle finds horsemeat in pasta dishes in Italy, Spain

Swiss food giant Nestle has become the latest retailer hit by Europe's horsemeat scandal, announcing it is removing pasta meals from supermarket shelves in Italy and Spain due to contamination. "Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products," the world's biggest food company said in its statement Monday.

UPDATE 2-Nestle withdraws pasta meals as horsemeat scandal spreads

* Products withdrawn from sale in Italy and Spain * Nestle latest company affected in scandal * Says withdrawals have no major financial impact ZURICH/LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Nestle has removed beef pasta meals sold under its Buitoni brand from sale in Italy and Spain after finding traces of horsemeat, becoming the latest victim of a food scandal still spreading across Europe.

France says workers must not pay for horsemeat fraud

France on Sunday said there were solid reasons to believe that meat processing firm Spanghero had passed off horsemeat in meals labelled beef but insisted that unwitting workers should not be penalised. The government said it was meeting with representatives of the 300-odd workers on Monday. The sanitary licence of the Spanghero plant was temporarily revoked last week. "The government distinguishes responsibility for what seems to be the actions of Spanghero's leaders from the work of its employees," the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

No need to panic over horsemeat scandal: EU official

The EU's top health official on Friday said there was no need to panic over a Europe-wide horsemeat scandal, saying it was a labelling rather than a health issue. "Till now this is not a food safety issue," EU Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Tonio Borg told reporters during a visit to Athens. "We should not create panic ourselves. Sometimes the reaction can be irrational. Unless there is proof that it is a food safety issue we will treat it as a labelling issue," Borg said.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Horsemeat scandal boss says French govt too quick to point finger

(In paragraph 12 removes incorrect reference to 100 pct horsemeat in Irish tests) * French firm denies any role in horsemeat deception * Minister says evidence points to negligence * President, former owners fear for firms 300 employees By Jean Décotte and John Irish

REFILE-French horsemeat scandal firm says government too quick to point finger

(Fixes typo in headline) PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The president of French meat-processing company Spanghero said on Friday the government had been too quick to accuse it of knowingly selling horsemeat labelled as beef, and said he would prove the firm's innocence.
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