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More than 2,500 apply for 114 supermarket jobs

More than 2,500 people have applied for just 114 jobs at a new supermarket in Consett, the Northern Echo reports.

The new Tesco Extra store opens on the former Consett steelworks site on Thursday, October 24.

Store manager Gary Ewart told the newspaper they were "thrilled" with the response but added that it had made making the decisions on which applicants were successful "very tough".

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Waitrose pulls beef burgers as a 'precaution'

Dalepak, one of the firms at the centre of the horsemeat investigation, supplies Waitrose beefburgers. Credit: Press Association

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)."

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Irish food factory shut after horsemeat discovery

A major food factory owned by one of Europe's biggest suppliers and processors has been shut in Ireland after horse DNA was found in frozen burgers in new tests two days ago.

ABP Food Group said the suspension of all production at the Silvercrest Foods plant in Co Monaghan was the "responsible course of action".

The firm said that, following new results from the Irish Department of Agriculture, it believes the source of the contaminated material is one supplier.

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Horsemeat scandal 'should have been picked up in UK'

Public service trade union Unison said the presence of horse DNA in beef burgers should have been picked up by British authorities, but Government cuts to food trading and meat hygiene services mean vital safety checks are being limited.

The union said the scandal demonstrated the industry was not fit to self-regulate and criticised the "dramatic falls in levels of activity" across the food safety industry, including:

  • 29% drop in new prosecutions
  • 265 fall in total number of schedule inspections
  • 24% fall in total number of visits for enforcement purposes

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Tesco apologises for horsemeat found in beef burgers

Tim Smith, group technical director of Tesco has apologised to customers after beef burgers sold at the supermarket were found to contain horse meat.

He said that there is no way to know until investigations have been completed how this could have happened. He added "there are only two ways that this could happen, one of them involves illegality by suppliers or the suppliers of those suppliers or gross negligence."

Tesco apology over horse meat found in beef burgers

Tesco has apologised to customers after horse meat was found in some of their frozen beef burgers.

Dalepak at Leeming Bar near Northallerton is one of three food factories at the centre of the investigation by the Irish Food Safety Authority.

Today we were informed that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has found that a number of beef products they have recently tested contained horse DNA. These included two frozen beef burger products sold by Tesco in both the UK and Ireland. Products sold at other retailers were also discovered to contain horse DNA.

"We immediately withdrew from sale all products from the supplier in question. We are working with the authorities in Ireland and the UK, and with the supplier concerned, to urgently understand how this has happened and how to ensure it does not happen again.

– Tim Smith, Group Technical Director Tesco

He added:

The safety and quality of our food is of the highest importance to Tesco. We will not tolerate any compromise in the quality of the food we sell. The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious. Our customers have the right to expect that food they buy is produced to the highest standards.

"The relevant authorities have said that these findings pose no risk to public health. We understand that many of our customers will be concerned by this news, and we apologise sincerely for any distress. Our customer service team is standing by to answer any questions customers may have.

– Tim Smith, Group Technical Director Tesco
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