Asda withdraws sauce after test

Asda has has taken it 500g Beef Bolognese Sauce off the shelves after it tested positive for horse DNA. Three other products have also been removed as a precaution.

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Greencore confirms it supplied Asda bolognese

Greencore has confirmed that it supplied the beef bolognese sauce that Asda has withdrawn from shelves after tests revealed the presence of horse DNA.

The company is currently awaiting the results of further quantitative tests that will validate the presence and the extent of the equine DNA.

The sauce contained meat that was supplied to Greencore under contract by the ABP Food Group's Nenagh plant in County Tipperary, Ireland, an approved and regularly audited supplier.

The company is working closely with them to determine the full facts as we await the results of the further tests.

– Greencore statement

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Asda 'belt-and-braces approach' over horse DNA

As you'd expect we are withdrawing the Beef Bolognese sauce from our shelves. We are taking a belt-and-braces approach so, in addition, as a precaution we're also withdrawing three other beef-based products produced by the same supplier.

We have no positive test results for horse DNA in any of these products, but we feel it is the right thing to withdraw them anyway.

We're very sorry if this ongoing situation is causing our customers any upset or inconvenience. We, along with the rest of the industry, are working hard to ensure they can have complete confidence in the food they buy.

– ASDA STATEMENT

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Horse painkiller 'in food chain for some time'

A significant amount of horsemeat containing the painkiller phenylbutazone, or bute, could have been entering the food chain for some time, the Food Standards Agency said.

FSA Chief executive Catherine Brown said the agency increased testing of the horse carcasses over a three month period last year, after intelligence from abattoirs suggested bute was getting into the food chain.

More: FSA confirms eight horses tested positive for bute

Earlier tests by the FSA revealed that 6% of horse carcasses tested positive for bute, prompting the FSA to start testing 100% of horse meat in January, which revealed the eight contaminated carcasses. Ms Brown said:

That would say there has been a significant amount of carcasses with bute in going into the food chain for some time.

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