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Recalled European frozen lasagna found to contain horse meat

About 20,000 frozen lasagna meals were recalled in Sweden this week after tests found the food items to contain 60% to 100% horse meat.

European frozen-food company Findus pulled the affected food items from grocery store shelves Monday while it conducted DNA testing.

Test results Wednesday revealed that Findus’ beef lasagna contained the equine meat.

Following the discovery, the company apologized for the mislabeling and urged consumers to return the horse meat-tainted products for full refunds.

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“We do not believe this is a food safety issue but as a precaution,” the company said in a statement.

The recall follows similar actions in Britain and Ireland where hamburger was also found to contain horse meat.  

European officials are calling for investigations into the tainted meat supply as the scandal widens.

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ricardo.lopez2@latimes.com

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