Company statement on horse DNA found in sauce

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Entrance to the factory in Bradley Stoke Photo: ITV News

The affected ASDA 350g 'Chosen by You' beef bolognese has now been withdrawn from the shelves, after horse DNA was found in it. The product was processed at the Greencore factory in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, using meat from Tipperary, Ireland. It was then distributed to ADSA supermarkets nationwide. This latest development is totally separate from the bute scandal we reported on Thursday 14 February, in which a veterinary painkiller was found in horse meat from Taunton, which in turn may have entered the French food chain.

Greencore food processors have issued this statement about their bolognese:

'Greencore can confirm that it supplied the Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce that Asda has withdrawn following the detection of traces of equine DNA in a screening test. The company is currently awaiting the results of further quantitative tests that will validate the presence and the extent of the equine DNA.

The sauce contained meat that was supplied to Greencore under contract by the ABP Food Group's Nenagh plant in County Tipperary, Ireland, an approved and regularly audited supplier. The company is working closely with them to determine the full facts as we await the results of the further tests.

In addition, Asda has withdrawn three other Greencore products, none of which contain equine DNA, as a precautionary measure: 600g Beef Broth Soup500g Meat Feast Pasta Sauce400g Chilli Con Carne Soup

Greencore is committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety and food traceability, and is therefore extremely concerned that the quality of one of its products may have been compromised in this way. The company is participating in full with the intensive industry testing programme to examine the full supply chain in order to restore consumer confidence.'