The Co-operative Group says tests of its own-brand burgers, supplied by Silvercrest, found traces of less than 1% horse DNA in three samples and 17.7% in one sample.
Our decision to withdraw these products at the first opportunity and cease taking further product from this site has proven to be the correct course of action.
Whilst there are no safety issues involved, it is now apparent that some of the withdrawn products have not met the high standards we and our customers expect. We apologise for this.
– Co-operative Group
We specify that all meat in our frozen burgers should be 100% British but we now strongly believe that some of the meat used to produce these burgers came from outside the UK and was not British in origin, and as a result we have taken the decision to delist Silvercrest as a supplier with immediate effect.
In addition we are tightening our already stringent quality checks to ensure our products meet the high specifications that we set on behalf of our customers.