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More Swedish retailers hit by horsemeat scandal

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More Swedish retailers hit by horsemeat scandal
17:14 CET+01:00
Swedish supermarket chains Ica, Coop, and Axfood all confirmed on Wednesday that their lasagne products contain horsemeat, with the retailers' produce all coming from the same French chain that Findus had employed.

French supplier Comigel has provided Coop, Ica, and Axfood with horsemeat lasagne, despite claiming it was beef on the packaging.

Some samples had 100 percent horesemeat, according to Christine Kullegren, spokeswoman at Coop.

Ica heads refused to go into details as to whether trust has been lost with the French company.

"We can't answer that right now, but we have had some good feedback. They have ceased connections with their subcontractor Spanghero and are sanitizing the whole factory to get rid of any traces of horsemeat," Johanna Stiernstedt, head of quality control at Ica, told the TT news agency.

The scandal has affected other countries besides Sweden, with France, the UK, Romania and Poland also being hit by the horsemeat horror. Suspicions have even surfaced in Germany where the meat may also have been on sale.

Back in Sweden, Agricultural Minister Eskil Erlandsson said he didn't believe any changes to the food packaging requirements were necessary.

"I've not had any indications from our expert authorities on a need for changes," he said.

"We have a very strict legal framework - whatever it says on the packet should be the same as what is in the packet."

Ica has made a complete recall of their lasagne products. Company heads said they would meet with Comigel representatives next week.

TT/The Local/og

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