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The Leeds-based supermarket chain ASDA is at the centre of the latest food scare. For the first time since the horsemeat scandal began traces of a painkiller used on horses has been found - and it's in their tins of corned beef.
ASDA admits it's totally unacceptable and two products have now been recalled. There's said to be little risk to the public but one expert says it shows the food industry doesn't know what's going on in the food supply chain. Chris Kiddey reports.
Leeds based supermarket chain ASDA say it's "totally unacceptable" that tins of their own brand corned beef have been found to contain traces of horse painkilers. The Food Standards Agency says "very low levels" of what's known as 'Bute' has been found in the store's 'smart price' range.
It is still not clear if investigators from the Food Standards Agency have visited some cutting plants where horsemeat is highly suspected of being stored, Labour's shadow environment secretary has said.
Mary Creagh said the Government needs to be clearer about how its own investigations into the scandal are progressing with different criminal gangs operating across Europe.
These are the facts that are known about the traces of 'bute' found in an Asda product:
- Traces found in 340g tins of Asda Smart Price Corned Beef
- Amount of bute found is very small - around four parts per billion
- Customers urged not to eat the product and to return it for a full refund in store
- Even if people have eaten the product, the health risk is "very low"
- The product was withdrawn from shelves on March 8th after testing positive for horse DNA over 1%. It was then tested for 'bute' in line with FSA guidelines.
- Asda has withdrawn all corned beef products from its Smart Price range.
The Yorkshire based supermarket ASDA has tonight said it is withdrawing tinned corned beef following positive tests for horse DNA in its Smart Price product. An spokesperson for the supermarket said it was also recalling its Chosen by You corned beef as a precaution.
Click here for a full list of all Asda products withdrawn over the last two months.
Asda withdrew their Smart Price Corned Beef on March 8 after it was found to contain more than 1% horse DNA.
The Food Standards Agency said no other Asda products are thought to be affected.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies previously said:
She said the levels of bute previously found in horse carcasses meant a person would have to eat up to 600 burgers, containing 100% horse meat, every day to come close to consuming a human's daily dose of the drug.
Dame Sally added:
Horse carcasses in the UK need to have a negative bute test before they can enter the food chain.
Yorkshire based supermarket ASDA is recalling all corned beef from its budget range after traces of veterinary drug phenylbutazone were found in some batches.
The Food Standards Agency said "very low levels" of the painkilling medicine, known as bute, were detected in the Asda Smart Price Corned Beef.
Customers who have bought the 340g tins, with any date code, have been urged not to eat the corned beef but to return it to the supermarket.
Yorkshire supermarket ASDA is again involved in the horsemeat scandal The veterinary painkilling drug phenylbutazone - or bute - has been found in Asda Smart Price Corned Beef, the Food Standards Agency said tonight.