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Breaking News: Sandwell Council issue warning over Findus horse lasagne
SANDWELL Council have issued an urgent warning to shopkeepers to remove the 100 per cent horse Findus lasagnes from their shelves.
Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for health, is furious that shops are continuing to sell the offending lasgane despite a recall notice being issued.
He said: “I am extremely concerned at these reports, consumers have right to expect when they buy produce that contain processed beef they are getting what it says on the packet.
“In the last 24 hours I’ve come across two local shops that are selling these products when a recall notice has been issued.
“Sandwell Council is advising all local shop owners to remove Findus beef lasagne from their shelves and freezers a matter of urgency.”
The issue has become a public health concern due to fears Findus lasagnes contain the chemical Phenylbutazone (also known as bute) which is used by vets to treat horses in pain.
Findus asked retailers to remove 320g, 360g and 500g packets of their lasagne, which they boast their chefs take “painstaking care to ensure recipes are developed to the highest standard.”
Findus, whose website proclaims “you can trust us” have admitted that its products contained up to 100 per cent equine meat, which is a crime under consumer labeling laws.
Sandwell MP Tom Watson is furious the company has withheld facts about peddling horse to unsuspecting customers.
He said: “There should have been a huge public information campaign, refunds should have been advertised.
“Yet it was only Wednesday that people learnt that horse meat was in the food.”
Findus were unavailable for comment this morning concerning selling horse lasagne.