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Pork sausage was nearly half horse meat

A food import company has been prosecuted after a pork sausage product on sale at a Kent shop was found to contain 46% horse meat.

The case at Dartford Magistrates Court today was the result of a test purchase at the shop in Market Street by KCC Trading Standards in October last year. Tests were carried out at Kent Scientific Services and produced the results.

The subsequent investigation found that the product, a Lukanka Chumerna sausage, had been imported by Expo Foods Limited, based in London. The vacuum-packed food was manufactured in Bulgaria and was labelled as containing pork sausagemeat.

Despite the large media coverage concerning the presence of undeclared horse meat in various food products in January 2013, the company undertook no tests on the sampled product which was imported in September 2013.

The company pleaded guilty today at Dartford Magistrates Court to a charge under the Food Safety Act, that the product was not of the substance demanded. It was fined £5,000 and an award of £2,500 made towards council costs plus a £120 surcharge.