If you have been purchasing meat from Aldi and were understanding that you were purchasing Beef as it was labeled beef on the packaging. We count on our stores that we shop at to tell us what is in the products that we are purchasing. It seems that this is not the case with some of Aldi’s freezer and meat products. They were labeled with Beef and were up to 100% horsemeat. Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that consumers were mis-sold products, but that the problems originated overseas.
Aldi has confirmed that the products they received were tested and were from 30% to 100% horsemeat. Patterson stated that he believes that the frozen been patties are safe from Tesco but urged customers to return the products to the store for a refund. “We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem,” he said. Patterson also stated “The French authorities are saying they are viewing the issue as a case of fraud rather than food safety. Anyone who has these products in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution.”.
Aldi said it felt “angry and let down” by its French supplier Comigel after tests on Today’s Special frozen beef lasagne and Today’s Special frozen spaghetti bolognese found they contained between 30% and 100% horsemeat. Comigel, which also produced the contaminated Findus beef lasagnes, has blamed its suppliers. Erick Lehagre said he believed his company was buying French beef from a company called Spanghero but it had since told him it had come from Romania. Aldi stated they will also be testing the meals for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, often referred to as bute, but said it was confident the meals were safe.
It said two particular cases of horse DNA in frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus were linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. “We are working closely with the authorities in these countries to get to the root of the problem. Our priority remains to protect UK consumers.” Meanwhile Findus said it knew there was a potential problem with its lasagnes two days before the products were withdrawn. It was looking into claims by the Labour MP Tom Watson that meat used by Comigel may have been suspect since August last year.
If you have the Meats from Aldi, I would suggest that you bring them to the store for a refund. Be sure to check your freezers for the freezer meals as well as the beef.