ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Whitbread has found horsemeat in its beef lasagna and burgers. Whitbread tells news today that horsemeat was detected in beef lasagna and burgers sold to Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill and Table Table. Whitbread is a hospitality company, reports ITV News Friday.
The horsemeat trouble striking the UK has grown in recent days. Lancashire County Council officials tell news that they detected horsemeat in cottage pie delivered to forty seven schools in Lancashire. The trace amount was low, officials tell news, less than 0.1%
But in a news statement, the County Council is yanking the beef products from schools promptly. In a news statement today, the Council said “Lancashire County Council has withdrawn a beef product from school kitchens after it provisionally tested positive for traces of horse DNA.” It added that “The provisional results of the tests on a pre-prepared cottage pie from an external supplier were reported late yesterday evening, February 14, and have been passed onto the Food Standards Agency.”
Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke reported this week that his chain is still investigating the horsemeat scandal even further. “Since we became aware that a small number of Tesco processed meat products have been contaminated with horsemeat, we have been working flat out to get to the bottom of the issue” he said in a news statement Friday. “While tests continue, today I want to make a clear promise to customers and to tell you about the rigorous processes we have put in place to prevent this situation happening again.” He added “Here’s my promise: we will set a new benchmark for the testing of products, to give you confidence that if it isn’t on the label, it isn’t in the product.”