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Aldi: no risk to food safety

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

Aldi would like to stress that there is no risk to food safety, and the product tested by the FSAI, Oakhurst Beef Burgers (8 Pack) is not on sale in Aldi UK stores. Any customers who wish to return the products in question will receive an immediate refund. No other Aldi products are affected by this issue.

– Aldi spokesperson

Dalepak Foods: "We are co-operating fully"

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:

Following tests carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, we have been alerted to two batches of frozen beef burgers which have been potentially contaminated with traces of pork and equine DNA measured at less than 0.1% of the meat content. Dalepak are co-operating fully with the Competent Authorities and have launched a full-scale investigation.

– Dalepak spokesman

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Mary Creagh: Serious questions over horsemeat

Consumers will be rightly concerned by this news. People should be able to go into the supermarket and be confident that what that they are buying for their families is legal and safe. There are serious questions for the Government to answer about what happened and why it wasn't detected by British food safety authorities. Shoppers wanting reassurance should look for the Red Tractor mark which guarantees quality British standards.

This is a wake up call for the Government and retailers that rolling back regulation that protects our food serves no-one and is against consumer interest. This retailers affected must now work to reassure all shoppers about where their meat comes from.

– Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

10 beef burger products tested positive for horsemeat

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%

Food Standards Agency: horse meat "not a health risk"

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."

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Horse meat traces found at North Yorkshire plant

The Food Safety Authority has found traces of horse DNA in burgers made at plants in the UK - including Dalepak in Hambleton, North Yorkshire.

The meat also came from two processing plants in Ireland - Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods.

The burgers were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland.

A total of 27 products were analysed, with ten of them containing horse DNA, while 23 of them tested positive for pig DNA.

Horse meat accounted for approximately 29 per cent of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.

The FSA said the findings do not pose a risk to public health.

However, it said that it raises concerns about the traceability of meat ingredients.

Wage subsidy scheme for young people in Hambleton

A £100,000 scheme to help young people get off benefits and into the workplace is being started in Hambleton. The council's 'Changing Lives Building Business' initiative will support up to 15 apprenticeships with small Hambleton-based businesses.

It will offer a wage subsidy scheme whereby the council will pay half the wages of 15 young people for six months. The council will also be looking to employ a pool of 15 apprentices within its own departments.

This ground breaking plan will help some of the young unemployed in the district - as well as some smaller businesses employ apprentices for the first time, in particular those that might struggle to afford to employ an apprentice. Many young people leave school and have no hope of a job - and no future to look forward to. Through this ground breaking scheme we are going to help some of them into employment - reducing the unemployment levels for this age group by around 25% and at the same time helping to boost the local economy."

– Cllr Neville Huxtable

Police investigate Great Ayton cable theft

Hambleton police are appealing for information following the theft of a large amount of copper cable near Great Ayton. It was stolen between midnight and 3pm on Friday 27 July 2012, from the A172 between Great Ayton and Nunthorpe when thieves took around 800m of cable valued at £10,000.

“If you saw any suspicious activity in the area in the days leading up to the theft or saw it taking place, I urge you to contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away. I also need to speak to any scrap dealers who may have been offered the cable and ask them to come forward and speak to the police as soon as possible.”

– PC Amy Littledyke, of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team
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