Supplier found to have mislabeled beef

Feb 18, 2013

Vevey, Switzerland

When reports first emerged in the United Kingdom about the fraudulent mislabeling of beef, we enhanced testing of our products and the raw materials we use across Europe. We are now suspending deliveries of all our finished products produced using beef supplied by a German firm, H.J. Schypke, a subcontractor of one of our suppliers, JBS Toledo N.V.

Our tests have found traces of horse DNA in two products made from beef supplied by H.J. Schypke. The levels found are above the one percent threshold the UK's Food Safety Agency uses to indicate likely adulteration or gross negligence. We have informed the authorities accordingly.

There is no food safety issue, but the mislabeling of products means they fail to meet the very high standards consumers expect from us. Therefore we are voluntarily removing two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain immediately, and we will replace them with product confirmed by DNA testing to be made from 100% beef. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen meat product for catering businesses by Nestlé Professional produced in France will also be withdrawn from sale and replaced with product made from 100% beef.

We are also enhancing our existing comprehensive quality assurance programme by adding new tests on beef for horse DNA prior to production in Europe. Assuring the quality and safety of our products has always been a top priority for Nestlé. We want to apologise to consumers and reassure them that the actions being taken to deal with this issue will result in higher standards and enhanced traceability.

For more information:

Contact your local Nestlé Consumer Services.

  • France: Consumer services 0800 112 131

  • Germany: Der heutige Rückruf einiger fleischhaltiger Produkte von Nestlé in mehreren europäischen Ländern hat keine Auswirkungen auf den deutschen Markt
    Consumer services: +49 69 6671 8888

  • Italy: Dichiarazione fraudolenta da parte di un fornitore di carne di manzo
    Consumer services: 800 434 434

  • Portugal: Consumer services: 800 203 591

  • Spain: Incorrecto etiquetado de carne de vacuno por parte de un proveedor
    Consumer services: 0800 203 591

  • Turkey: Kamuoyu Duyurusu
    Consumer services: 90 212 329 6193

  • United Kingdom: Consumer services: 00800 6378 5385