Nestle has withdrawn two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, from Italy and Spain.
Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals on sale in Italy and Spain after it found more than one per cent horse DNA in two products tested.
The discovery of horsemeat in products labelled as beef has spread across Europe since last month. Swiss-based Nestle, said last week its products had not been affected by the scandal but has now suspended deliveries of all products made using beef from a German subcontractor to one of its suppliers.
Governments across Europe have stressed that horsemeat poses little or no health risk, but some carcasses have been found to be tainted with a painkiller banned for human consumption.
However, the scandal has damaged the confidence of consumers in supermarkets and fast food chains since horsemeat was first identified in Irish beefburgers.