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Horsemeat found in beef burgers sold in the UK

The presence of horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, according to a study by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Of the 27 beef burgers tested, 37% tested positive for horse DNA and 85% tested positive for pig DNA. The products were sold in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland. The FSAI said:

"In one sample from Tesco, the level of horse DNA indicated that horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% relative to the beef content."


Work begins on new supermarket

Artist's impression of Tesco site Credit: Sunderland City Council

Work has started on a new multi-million pound supermarket in Sunderland – almost a decade after the plans were first submitted.

The Tesco Extra store, at Roker’s Sunderland Retail Park, is set to create almost 800 jobs when it opens in spring next year.

The retail giant first submitted plans for a superstore in the city in October 2002, but the proposals for the former Vaux site fell through.

Construction on the new development, along with four smaller retail units, began yesterday.

The site is nearly nine thousand square feet, and will include 900 car parking spaces. The company is also working with the City Council to look at improving access and landscaping.


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