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A drug with cancer-causing potential might have entered the food chain through horse meat slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour has claimed. Two batches of beef burgers contaminated with horse DNA were produced at a food factory in North Yorkshire.

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Horse DNA found in burgers from North Yorkshire factory

Two batches of contaminated beef burgers were produced at Dalepak at Leeming Bar.

Beef burgers produced at a North Yorkshire factory are among those found to contain traces of horse DNA. They were sold in Iceland supermarkets in the UK.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) found low levels of horse and pig content in a number of beef products sold in the UK and Ireland.

Dalepak Hambleton in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, has started an investigation, after traces of horse DNA were found in two batches of 'Iceland Quarter Pounder' beef burgers produced there. The FSAI found they contain 0.1% horse content relative to beef.

A spokesman for the company said it was co-operating fully with the authorities. Iceland has withdrawn the products from sale and started its own investigation.

The horse content found in the North Yorkshire meat is significantly less than some products produced in Ireland. One batch of Tesco's 'Everyday Value Beef Burgers' were found to contain 29% horse meat.

The FSAI says the products pose no risk to public health.

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