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Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey has announced that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee will be examining the contamination of beef products sold in UK supermarkets later this month.
Legal action is being considered against a company whose North Yorkshire factory is at the centre of the scandal over horse meat in beef burgers.
The Food Standards Agency, the UK's food watchdog, is investigating how the meat, which was sold at some of the country's leading supermarkets, became contaminated.
Brindon Addy is the Chairman of the Q Guild Butchers organisation, which represents top independent butchers. He says the pressure to drive down prices could be to blame for Horse meat getting into Beefburgers.
Mary Creagh is the Shadow Environment Secretary and MP for Wakefield. She says consumers will understandably be upset and that the scare will affect their confidence in the food industry.
This is the meat processing plant in North Yorkshire which is at the centre of a food safety probe after beefburgers supplied to leading supermarkets were found to contain horsemeat.
Products from the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Northallerton and two other facilities in Ireland were investigated by a food safety watchdog. The burgers were on sale at Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Dunnes Stores, but it is not known which plant supplied the contaminated meat.
Following the withdrawal of its Oakhurst Beef Burgers (8 Pack) in the Republic of Ireland yesterday, Aldi has made the decision to withdraw three products from sale in the UK as a "purely precautionary measure" whilst it conducts further investigations.
- Frozen Oakhurst 100% Beef Quarter Pounders
- Frozen Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounders
- Frozen Oakhurst Burgers 16 pack
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has identified porcine and equine DNA at trace levels in two consignments of burgers produced at the Dalepak production facility at Hambleton in Yorkshire. The FSAI stress that there is no food safety issue with these burgers. A spokesman for Dalepak said:
The 10 beef burger products that tested positive for horse DNA were as follows:
Limit of Quantification, or LOQ, is the lowest quantity of a substance that can be distinguished from the absence of that substance.
- Tesco, Everyday Value Beef Burgers - 29.1%
- Aldi, Oakhurst Beef Burgers - 0.3%
- Dunnes Stores, St. Bernard Beef Burgers - LOQ
- Lidl, Moordale Beef Burgers - LOQ
- Tesco, Beef Quarter Pounders - 0.1%
- Lidl, Moordale Ultimate Beef Burgers - LOQ
- Lidl, Moordale Quarter Pounders - 0.1%
- Dunnes Stores, Flamehouse Chargrilled Quarter Pounders - 0.1%
- Iceland, Quarter Pounders Batch 2250 A 15:27 - 0.1%
- Iceland, Quarter Pounders Batch 2218 A 15:55 - 0.1%
The Food Standards Agency have said:
"The FSA has been made aware of the survey results in which equine DNA was identified in some beef burgers and is working with the Food Safety Authority in the Republic of Ireland to investigate the issue.
"However, at this stage it is not believed to be a food safety risk.
We are aware that investigations are ongoing to ascertain how or why horse meat was used in the products."