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More products withdrawn after horsemeat revealed

Beefburger products made by a mid-Wales firm have been withdrawn after tests revealed the presence of horsemeat.

Three samples of beefburger products made by Builth Wells catering supplier The Burger Manufacturing Company tested positive for at least 1% horsemeat.

The test were requested by the Food Standards Agency and carried out by Powys County Council.

Further tests will now be carried out to establish how much horsemeat the products contain and to test for the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone.

The FSA said the company is contacting its customers to inform them of the results and to recall any affected products.

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FSA on 'steady progress' of tests on beef products

Steve Wearne, director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, has spoken about the first of industry results from beef products that have been tested for the presence of horse DNA.

He told ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi it was "steady progress and we want the industry to continue until we have a complete picture of all beef products on sale in the UK".

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The seven contaminated products

  • Aldi - Today special frozen lasagne.
  • Aldi - Today special frozen spaghetti bolognese.
  • Co-op - Beef burger quarter pounder.
  • Findus - Beef lasagne 320g, 360g, 500g.
  • Rangeland - Range of catering products.
  • Tesco - Everyday value frozen burger.
  • Tesco - Everyday value spaghetti bolognese.

The Food Standards Agency's director of communications Stephen Humphreys said he could "assure" the public that all seven had now been taken off the shelves.

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PM: Horsemeat scandal an 'appalling situation'

Prime Minister David Cameron has called the horsemeat scandal an "appalling situation", stressing that if criminal activity has taken place "there should be the full intervention of the law".

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the House of Commons.
Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the House of Commons. Credit: ITV News

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said an enhanced testing regime not only found contamination, but discovered that in some instances horsemeat had been passed off as beef.

He called the discovery "completely unacceptable".

Owner of Welsh meat plant denies doing anything wrong

The owner of a Welsh meat processing plant which is being investigated for mislabelling horse as beef denies doing anything wrong.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd in Llandre, Aberystwyth, told ITV News:

I haven't done anything wrong. The authorities know the meat was going to be sent to Belgium. I haven't hidden anything.

– Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd

Mr Raw-Rees said that he has bought the beef from the abattoir in Yorkshire, which is also being investigated by the FSA.

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