There is nothing about horsemeat which makes it any more or less safe than other meat products. The meat products were supplied to the retailers by approved establishments. We have therefore been advising consumers that, on the basis of the evidence we have, there is no food safety risk with these products.
In addition, the burgers that tested positive for horse DNA were then tested for the presence of phenylbutazone, a commonly-used medicine in horses that is not allowed in the food chain, and all of the results were negative.
The horsemeat scandal demonstrates how long and complicated the food chain we all depend on is. Regulating our food supply is expensive.
Some of the best, and worst, jokes and gags from Twitter users discussing the discovery of horse DNA in some supermarket beef burgers.
We've seen the jokes on Twitter but the discovery of horse and pig DNA in beefburgers poses a serious question; where did it come from?