Waitrose removes beef meatballs

Waitrose has removed two batches of frozen beef meatballs from shelves after traces of pork were found after several tests.

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Waitrose remove beef meatballs containing pork

Waitrose have removed two batches of frozen beef meatballs from shelves after "several tests" revealed they contained traces of pork. Waitrose said:

We have discovered that in two batches of our frozen meatballs produced last summer some of the meatballs may contain some pork. Several tests have been done on this product and, even though the results have been contradictory, we have taken the precautionary action of removing the frozen meatballs from sale and putting up customer information notices in all our branches.

The meatballs are safe to eat but pork is not listed as an ingredient and should not be part of the recipe.

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Labour demands more meat testing

Labour today called for faster and more extensive testing on meat imports in a bid to stamp out problems which caused the horsemeat scandal.

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh condemned the Government for breaking up the food standards regime.

She said every time processed meat moved there was a "moment of risk" of potential illicit contamination.

The Opposition Day debate in the Commons came as more cases emerged of horse meat being missold in processed food sold by British retailers.

Met Police 'do not have sufficient information' to begin horsemeat investigation

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said the police do not yet have sufficient information to start an investigation into allegations of criminal activity relating to horsemeat contamination.

We've talked to the FSA and what we've asked them to do is to give us any evidence that they've got of a crime, and of course we will investigate.

People have got suspicions, I think the minister said there are two broad options, which is either negligence or criminal conspiracy.

They are the options, but of course we can't investigate to see which of the options is true, we just need some information to help us.

Secondly it sounds like there will be a jurisdictional issue. If there is a crime, is it one that has been committed within the UK, or is it one that has been committed abroad?

When we've established those two things, we will know whether or not we take any further action.

There has to be some evidence or intelligence at least on which to base an investigation. At the moment there's clearly suspicion, but not enough yet to start off an investigation.

MPs were today debating food adulteration in a House of Commons debate called by Labour.

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Butchers react to horsemeat scandal as sales soar

Butchers say they are selling up to 30% more in the wake of the horsemeat scandal as supermarket chains including Tesco, Iceland, Lidl, Aldi and frozen foods firm Findus admitted they found horse DNA in some of their products.

Paul Gyorgy, from the Sheepdrove Organic Farm shop in Bristol, said increasing numbers of customers are now taking an interest in where meat is sourced.

Butcher Paul Gyorgy stands beside his butchers block ready for butchering his meat at the Sheepdrove Organic Farm shop in Bristol. Credit: PA

He said: "You have the odd joker coming talking about horse meat in supermarkets, but most customers are genuinely interested in where their products are coming from.

"People know they can trust British. You go to any butcher's shop and they will tell you exactly the journey the meat has taken to get to the shop.

Butcher Paul Gyorgy discusses a customers choice of meat at the Sheepdrove Organic Farm shop in Bristol. Credit: Press Association

Steve Brown, who runs a high street butcher's shop in Saltash, Cornwall, said: "I only use westcountry meat, from Devon and Cornwall, because I can be assured of the quality. Even though it is more expensive, it's what the customers want, too. They know it will be good quality.

"But companies are always trying to sell me meat from Saudi Arabia, Botswana, Romania. It might be more expensive, but people can trust British meat."

UK butchers report a marked spike in trade

UK butchers reported a marked spike in trade as customers turn their backs on imported and processed goods as the extent of the horsemeat contamination is revealed.

Industry figures said consumers returned to the high street butcher as confidence in processed and cheaper, imported meats plummets.

Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy - the chairman of the Q Guild which represents 130 butchers across England, Scotland and Wales - said:

There has definitely been a spike in sales for the high street butcher in recent weeks, some are saying by as much as 20 and 30%. It is obviously great news for those butchers who have found it difficult to compete with the big supermarkets in the past. People slip into the convenience of supermarket shopping, but whenever there is a scare - be it horse meat or BSE - they always come back.

Tesco apologises for horse DNA in spaghetti bolognese

Tesco has apologised to its customers after it found three Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese products were found to have more than 60 per cent trace of horse DNA. Tesco withdrew the product a week ago as a precaution and carried out a number of tests on the products' content.

The frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese should contain only Irish beef from our approved suppliers. The source of the horsemeat is still under investigation by the relevant authorities. The level of contamination suggests that Comigel was not following the appropriate production process for our Tesco product and we will not take food from their facility again.

– TIM SMITH, TESCO GROUP TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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