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How to identify the canned sliced beef

A batch of canned sliced beef has been withdrawn from sale in the UK after it was found to contain horse DNA.

The product affected, which is sold in Home Bargains and Quality Save storeshas:

  • A ‘best before’ date of January 2016
  • The 320g packs are described on the label as ‘Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy’
  • The batch code of the product is 13.04.C.

Customers are advised to return the product to where it was originally purchased.

Read: Horse DNA found in canned beef sold in UK



Farmers' union slams poster showing lamb chop in urinal

The poster is part of campaign to get people to look for outlets' food hygiene ratings. Credit: Food Standards Agency

Welsh farmers have criticised a campaign by the Food Standards Agency which shows a lamb chop placed in the bottom of a urinal.

"We are appalled that lamb has been singled out to portray such a negative and extreme message", Farmers' Union of Wales president Emyr Jones said.

The union has demanded that the FSA removes the images from all public places immediately.

McDonald's tests confirm no horsemeat

McDonald's has confirmed tests for horsemeat in its products came back negative.

Jill McDonald, the president and chief executive of McDonald's UK, said:

We voluntarily provided samples of all beef burgers currently available on our menu to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for their own tests.

All tests, including our own, have now been completed and we can confirm that no horsemeat has been found in any of McDonald's products.

Our beef supply chain is short and transparent and has just five simple steps from the farms through to the food we serve in our restaurants.

– Jill McDonald

Govt: Horsemeat in 'less than 1%' of beef products

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said less than one percent of beef products tested for horsemeat had come back positive:

“The vast majority of test results from food retailers, wholesalers, and caterers are now in. The results continue to show that over 99 per cent of processed beef products are what they say they are on the label.

The food industry and Food Standards Agency have moved very quickly to complete over 5000 tests in a very short space of time. Industry testing will continue and results will be published on a quarterly basis.

Investigations into cases where horsemeat has – unacceptably – been discovered will continue, and anyone found guilty of criminal activity should expect to face the consequences.

It is important that consumer trust in the food industry is rebuilt.

– Owen Paterson MP


Birds Eye: No other positive horsemeat tests

Birds Eye said it is introducing a new DNA testing programme
Birds Eye said it is introducing a new DNA testing programme Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Birds Eye has stressed that only one its products - a chilli con carne dish it sold in Belgium - has been found to contain horsemeat.

The company has also withdrawn spaghetti bolognese, lasagne and shepherd's pie meals made by the same Belgian manufacturer, Frigilunch NV, as a precaution.

"No other Birds Eye products have tested positive for horse DNA, nor do they share the same supply chains as Frigilunch NV," Birds Eye said in a statement.

Brakes: Horsemeat concern over lasagne and burger

Brakes, the supplier for the House of Commons Catering Service, said horsemeat had been found in a lasagne manufactured by its subsidiary division Creative Foods.

It said it had also "segregated" a frozen burger as a precaution, in addition to withdrawing a minced beef skewer that was found to contain horsemeat:

Our tests confirmed one positive equine DNA finding at between 1% and 10% on a Brakes spicy minced beef skewer and one positive test reported by a customer of our subsidiary division Creative Foods on a lasagne manufactured exclusively for them.

Brakes have also segregated a frozen burger as a precaution after equine DNA at 1% was reported to the Food Standards Agency.

– Brakes statement

Taco Bell says sorry to customers over horsemeat

US-owned Tex-Mex restaurant chain Taco Bell apologised to customers after horsemeat was discovered during tests it carried out on beef supplied to its UK restaurants:

We immediately withdrew ground beef from sale in our restaurants, discontinued purchase of that meat, and contacted the Food Standards Agency with this information.

We would like to apologise to all of our customers, and we can reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that every precaution is being undertaken to guarantee that we are only supplied with products that meet the high standards we demand.

– Taco Bell statement

Four products withdrawn after horsemeat find

The third round of tests carried out since January revealed contamination of the following products:

  • Birds Eye Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Birds Eye Beef Lasagne
  • Taco Bell's ground beef
  • Brakes' spicy minced beef skewer

Ten tests on the four products returned results of more than 1% horsemeat, the agency said, and all four have been withdrawn from sale.

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