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Tests find horse meat in beef burger products

By V_Jones  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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Retailers have told food safety chiefs they are removing beef products from their shelves after tests uncovered traces of horse meat in burgers.

A study by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said beef burger products which tested positive for horse DNA were produced by two processing plants in Ireland and one plant in the UK. They were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.

Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, said while these findings do not pose a public health risk they do raise some concerns.

"The products we have identified as containing horse DNA and/or pig DNA do not pose any food safety risk and consumers should not be worried. Consumers who have purchased any of the implicated products can return them to their retailer," he said.

According to the research by the FSAI, one sample of burger goods, Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers, showed about 29 per cent horse meat relative to beef content.

"Whilst there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat in their production process," Prof Reilly said.

"In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horse meat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger."

Tesco said they are working with the authorities in Ireland and the UK, and with the supplier, to urgently understand how this has happened and "to ensure it does not happen again."

A spokesman said: "We will not take any stock from this site until the conclusion and satisfactory resolution of an investigation."

Aldi said they were conducting their own investigation.

"We have sought information from one supplier, Silvercrest, which is dealing directly with the FSAI on the issue that has been raised," the company said.

Lidl has removed all implicated products from sale pending a full investigation.

"A refund will be provided to customers who wish to return affected products," said a spokesman

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  • richie2803  |  January 17 2013, 4:47PM

    A lot of mark downs on the more humorous comments, probably off all the neigh-sayers!!

  • hacker_jack  |  January 17 2013, 10:08AM

    by JulesbreadboxWednesday, January 16 2013, 2:07PM "Where is the problem? -------------- The problem is that the ingredients did not match what was declared on the packet. Nothing wrong with Horse meat (leaner than beef/pork) in itself, it would have been just as much an issue if they had found chicken DNA in there.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 17 2013, 10:05AM

    by Neathboy234Wednesday, January 16 2013, 12:31PM "Lucky i'm a vegetarian than" ------------------ Because plants are not living things as well of course. Carrot-murderer!

  • Philosoraptor  |  January 17 2013, 8:26AM

    Greta, if you have a problem with that... sue me. If not, then you are gonna be sick by losing sleep over something as trivial as that, you need help.

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  • Dooyah  |  January 17 2013, 7:50AM

    1st voice: I'm so hungry I could eat a horse 2nd voice: You've already done that What do the anti-Halal meat brigade have to say?

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  • GretaCarbo  |  January 17 2013, 5:17AM

    Philos I do not own a Playstation so, I had no idea that someone had used the same pun on the PS Forum. Which one was it? What you did was a complete C&P of a writer's work without acknowledgement and that is a breach of copyright. Nice to know that I'm irritating you though. Hoof off dear as you're becoming a neigh bore.

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  • BossHogg  |  January 16 2013, 11:30PM

    At least by eating tesco burgers you're getting a stable diet

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  • Philosoraptor  |  January 16 2013, 11:04PM

    Greta, you are such a loser and need to stop complaining about anything and everything especially when accusing me of stealing jokes and then using one from the place you said I took it from as if you found the pun yourself. Seriously man, go outside for once and get a life. Your negativity about everything is sad.

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  • lancelot69  |  January 16 2013, 9:47PM

    My lidl pony are cheaper than Tesco anyway

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  • richie2803  |  January 16 2013, 5:43PM

    @bosshogg nothing wrong with a bit of horseplay :p

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