Horse DNA in canned beef in Grantham

The DNA was found in canned beef

Horse DNA has been found in canned beef from Home Bargains in Grantham.

Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers carried out routine food testing in September as part of a national Food Standards Agency sampling programme after horse meat was found in food for sale earlier this year.

During this process, a batch of canned sliced beef from Home Bargains in Grantham was found to contain horse DNA, and was withdrawn from sale. Horse meat is not identified in the ingredients list and therefore should not have been present in the product.

The canned beef was manufactured in Romania in January 2013 and supplied to Home Bargains (TJ Morris Ltd) and Quality Save stores in the UK.

The product was found to contain horse DNA at a level of between 1 and 5%. It was also tested for the presence of the drug phenylbutazone, known as ‘bute’ but was not found to contain any.