Retailers: No new positive horsemeat results

There have been no new positive results on processed minced beef being contaminated, the British Retail Consortium said today.

Retailers said they have conducted 1889 tests between January 20 and February 28, with 361 negative tests carried out in the last week.

All tests on processed minced beef products have been completed.

The UK's major supermarkets, and a number of other BRC-member food businesses, have now tested all existing processed minced beef products.

The reassuring news is that another intensive week of testing has produced no new positive results. And, since this testing programme started in mid-January, just a third of one per cent of products have tested positive.

But our members won't accept anything less than 100 per cent compliance. We are working with the rest of the supply chain and with Government to prevent any incidents in the future.

– British Retail Consortium Food Director Andrew Opie

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