In light of the FSA's report, released today, that announced that horse meat has been found in some school meals in Lancashire, Gateshead Council have released the following statement about schools in the area and their provision of school meals:
Tesco has confirmed that it has completed tests on 149 products as part of its new horse DNA testing programme.
The products came back with negative results for horse meat.
The tests were focused on products where minced red meat is used as an ingredient, which includes products such as burgers and ready meals.
The group's technical director, Tim Smith said:
"This is the start of our testing programme to support our promise that what’s on the label is in the pack.
"We are now extending our use of DNA testing to look at those products where we think that there is a greater risk of rogue ingredients being used.
And we are not going to stop there. We will test all of our meat-containing products next and then move on to other foods.
- Aldi - Today special frozen lasagne.
- Aldi - Today special frozen spaghetti bolognese.
- Co-op - Beef burger quarter pounder.
- Findus - Beef lasagne 320g, 360g, 500g.
- Rangeland - Range of catering products.
- Tesco - Everyday value frozen burger.
- Tesco - Everyday value spaghetti bolognese.
The Food Standards Agency's director of communications Stephen Humphreys said he could "assure" the public that all seven had now been taken off the shelves.
- Horse DNA has not been found in the 59 products tested so far.
- The Co-operative sent 102 own-brand minced beef products for testing.
A Co-operative spokesperson said:
Waitrose has become the latest supermarket to pull beef burgers from its selves after horsemeat was found in burgers made by one their suppliers.
The company said it had taken frozen burgers made by Dalepak, one of the firms at the centre of the horsemeat contamination investigation, off sale "as a precaution" when it had its accreditation suspended.
In a statement, Waitrose said its burgers had since been tested and were found to be 100% beef:
"The ingredients in our burgers are simple with all meat traceable back to British farms that we know."
"Our technical team visited the Dalepak site last week and were happy that our products were produced to our high specification and separately from other companies' products (ours are produced at 6am before other any other burgers)."
The Food Standards Agency has dismissed claims that the horse drug 'bute' may have entered the human food chain in horsemeat.
The FSA said horses treated with the drug phenylbutazone are "not allowed to enter the food chain".
The FSA statement added: "During the recent horsemeat incident the Food Safety Authority of Ireland checked for the presence of phenylbutazone and the samples came back negative."
Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh earlier expressed fears that the drug may have entered the food chain through horsemeat slaughtered in UK abattoirs