Birds Eye has today removed three of its beef products

Horsemeat products: The full list

As Birds Eye remove three products as a precautionary measure, a look at previous products removed from sale after horsemeat tests.

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Princess Anne: Horsemeat tastes 'very good, actually'

Princess Anne has suggested that Britain should eat more horsemeat to stop surplus animals being abandoned and said she thinks the food tastes "very good."

"An awful lot of the abandonments is because they don't perceive there to be any value in the animals," she told BBC One's Countryfile.

"The meat trade adds value to the animal so there is some point in keeping it healthy if it's got an end point that it can go to."

Asked if she had ever eaten horse meat, she replied: "Oh, certainly."

She described the meat as tasting "very good, actually."

Princess Anne wrong: eating horsemeat is 'cannibalism'

The owner of a horse sanctuary in Staffordshire has hit back at a suggestion from Princess Anne that eating horsemeat would improve the welfare of the animals.

Billy Wilson likened it to "cannibalism" as he said horses are the "closest animals to mankind".

Yesterday Princess Anne wondered if the UK should be considering creating a market for horsemeat to stop the animals being abandoned in increasing numbers.

Today one butcher claimed the British attitude towards eating horses is unique among our European neighbours.

And as Damon Green reports, as the debate continues, there will be more horses needing to find a home.


Princess Anne: 'We should consider eating horsemeat'

Princess Anne has suggested that people in Britain should consider eating horsemeat because it would improve the welfare of the animals.

Princess Anne during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

She said that "Our attitudes to the horsemeat trade may have to change," because those in the trade "value their horses and look after them well".

The Princess asked whether we "should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare case?"

"I think this needs a debate."

The Princess Royal, who is President of the charity World Horse Welfare, was speaking at its annual meeting when she made the comments, The Telegraph reported.

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A batch of canned sliced beef has been withdrawn from sale in the UK after it was found to contain horse DNA.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

Split led to confusion in horsemeat scandal

A split in responsibilities between the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Whitehall in 2010 has led to confusion about the role of the FSA and Defra in responding to food authenticity incidents during the horsemeat scandal, according to a report.

An FSA review has already found that some of its staff and local authorities were confused about why the agency was taking the lead in investigating the incident during the early stages of the horsemeat incident.

The NAO said local authorities had reported that they remained unclear about who to contact regarding certain areas of food policy.


Report: Government must tackle horsemeat confusion

The Government must remove the confusion that marred the response to the horsemeat contamination crisis and improve its understanding of potential food fraud, according to a report.

Confusion remains in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. Credit: Jan Haas/DPA/Press Association Images

The National Audit Office (NAO) said the Government failed to identify the possibility of adulteration of beef products with horsemeat, despite indications of heightened risk.

And it found that while arrangements for identifying and testing for risks to food safety were "relatively mature and effective", similar arrangements for the authenticity of food were not.

Horsemeat arrests made 'during initial stages of inquiry'

City of London Police were asked to work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of its inquiry into the scandal. It reviewed evidence from law enforcement agencies in Europe and the UK, as well as from the FSA.

The force launched an investigation in May and said it made the arrests "during the initial stages" of the inquiry. Officers also carried out searches at businesses and homes in the UK.

Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Shaw, from the City of London Police, said:

This is an extremely complex investigation covering a number of jurisdictions and a variety of businesses.

We are working closely with police forces, other law enforcement agencies and regulators to determine whether horsemeat being used in a range of meat products was deliberate and coordinated criminal activity.

Concern at 'lack of clarity' on horsemeat responsibility

  • The MPs acknowledged that horsemeat contamination was limited to a "relatively small" number of beef products sold in the UK, with 99% of products tested containing no horse DNA
  • Across the EU as a whole, 4.66% of products tested were found to contain more than 1% horse DNA
  • The committee complained that there was still a "lack of clarity" within Whitehall over where responsibility lay for dealing with such issues
  • It expressed "surprise" that in EU-mandated tests, 14 out of 836 samples of horsemeat from the UK tested positive for the painkiller bute - the highest number of positive tests in the EU

February: Horsemeat scandal hits processed meat sales

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