Positive traces of horse DNA found in Irish tests

Seven samples of raw ingredients were tested by the Irish Department of Agriculture, including one sourced from another European country which tested positive.

All ingredients in the production of burgers sourced from Irish suppliers tested negative for horse DNA, the department said.

The positive samples will now be analysed further in Germany with a view to quantifying the percentage of horse DNA present.

Thirteen samples of finished burgers were tested for the presence of equine DNA. Nine have tested positive for traces of equine DNA and another four have tested negative. The minister and the FSAI have repeated their clear statement that there is no concern from a food safety perspective.

– Ireland's Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney

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