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Horse meat scandal hits Nestlé and JBS

The scandal involving horse meat in the food chain in Europe has hit two of the world's leading food companies: Switzerland's Nestlé and Brazil's JBS.

Nestlé has announced it has found traces of horse DNA in beef products supplied by German company H.J. Schypke, a supplier to JBS Toledo (a JBS representative based in Gent, Belgium). The world's largest beef processor, JBS is one of the leading suppliers of raw material to Nestlé.

"The levels [of contamination] found are above the 1% threshold that the Food Standards Agency in the UK adopts to indicate likely tampering or negligence," the Swiss company has said in a statement.

Nestlé has announced that it has suspended the sale of ravioli and tortellini sold under the Buitoni brand in Italy and Spain, and has also decided to take its brands of frozen lasagna off the shelves in France.

In Brazil, JBS has said in a statement that Schypke does not belong to its business group and has no corporate or operational relationship with the company, and that since the beginning of supplies, the whole operational and logistics process has been conducted by the German producer, which sent the product directly to the end customer.

The Brazilian company also said that it has suspended all supply contracts with Schypke and will no longer sell products of a European origin until confidence in the safety of the delivery system from the region has been restored.

Information provided by Valor Econômico

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