Axfood, one of several Swedish retailers affected by the horsemeat scandal, announced on Tuesday it was donating around five tonnes of frozen lasagne to the St. Clara church in Stockholm which will in turn distribute the food to the city’s homeless population.
“Many have reacted that huge amounts of edible food would be thrown away,” Axfood said in a statement.
“But it wasn’t clear that it would be possible to give it away.”
Now Sweden’s National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) has given the project the green light, telling Axfood it has no objections to the company donating the lasagne.
The only condition, according to the agency is that it be “removed from its packaging and that there is an accurate list of ingredients available where the product is distributed”.
The first deliveries of the horsemeat lasagne are expected to arrive at St. Clara church on Friday, March 22nd. The church distributes food to the homeless daily at Sergels torg square in central Stockholm.
Back in February, Axfood was one of several Swedish food retailers who opted to withdraw frozen single-portion lasagne from stores after horsemeat was found in lasagne produced by Findus.