Frozen food giant Findus has reiterated its apology over some of its beef lasagne products containing horse meat, after claims that the contamination could stretch back to last summer.
The company said it was “sorry that we have let people down” and confirmed it carried out a full product recall on Monday, two days before DNA tests confirmed that some of its products contained up to 100% horse meat and it alerted the Food Standards Agency.
But it did not respond to claims by Labour MP Tom Watson that it sent a letter to retailers on Monday warning that a France-based supplier had told it there may be problems with raw materials delivered since August 1 last year.
A Findus spokesman said: “At Findus UK our first priority is our customers and providing quality products they can trust.
“But we know that many people have been concerned by the news this week that tests have shown that some of our Findus beef lasagne has been found to contain horse meat.
“We understand those concerns; we are sorry that we have let people down.”
The Department for Education said today that any schools with concerns about food should “contact their caterer or local authority immediately”.