Britain: Horsemeat Drug in France

    A picture shows the front of a Findus 320g beef lasagne frozen readymeal box taken near Sunderland on February 8, 2013. Tests confirming beef lasagne sold under the Findus brand contained up to 100 percent horsemeat sparked a wider food scare in Britain on February 8 with authorities ordering urgent tests on all beef products on sale. Findus tested 18 of its beef lasagne products manufactured by French supplier Comigel and found 11 meals containing between 60 percent and 100 percent horsemeat, the FSA said.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES        (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

    Brand of lasagna containing horsemeat. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty)

    British ministers said Thursday that horsemeat containing a harmful drug called bute had entered the food chain in France, carried by horses from British slaughterhouses. Environment Minister David Heath told Parliament that eight horses from British slaughterhouses had tested positive for the equine drug and three may have entered the food chain in France, although frozen lasagna sold by the same manufacturers had tested negative for bute. Meanwhile, the scandal spread on the continent, with tainted lasagna being found in Germany, having been discovered as coming through a middleman in Luxembourg. German retailers said they have started pulling the product from the shelves.

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