Packages of Buitoni meat ravioli are pictured on display on a supermarket shelf in Mataro near Barcelona February 19, 2013. Photo: Reuters
Paris: The world's biggest food company, Swiss-based Nestle, is the latest in a long list of firms to be caught up in Europe's spiralling horsemeat scandal.
The scandal has seen supermarket chains across Europe pull millions of products labelled as beef, but thought to contain horsemeat, off shelves.
Nestle is removing two ready-made meals - beef ravioli and beef tortellini - from supermarkets in Italy and Spain after testing found traces of horse DNA.
A Nestle frozen lasagne product made for the catering business was also being withdrawn from sale in France and Portugal.
Nestle says the horse DNA was found in products made with meat supplied by a German firm.
Meantime, the world's top beef producer, JBS of Brazil, which uses the same German firm as a subcontractor, has also announced it has stopped buying European meat - and won't resume purchases until confidence is restored in the European beef supply chain.