LONDON: French frozen food supplier Comigel told the Findus brand that the contamination of processed beef products with horsemeat could date back to August 2012, Findus said in a statement yesterday.
It said in a statement it was not aware of any issue of contamination with horsemeat last year, and was only made aware of a possible August 2012 date through a letter dated 2 February 2013 from the supplier Comigel.
By then Findus was already conducting a full supply chain traceability review and had pro-actively initiated DNA testing, the statement said.
Britain’s Food Standards Agency regulator announced Thursday that 11 of 18 samples of Findus beef lasagne were found to contain between 60 and 100 percent horsemeat.
Sweden-based Findus has withdrawn various frozen meals from the market in France and Sweden.