Iceland 'sorry' over horsemeat

Iceland has said they were "sorry" that contaminated meat was found in the supermarket's burgers and that they were "extremely disappointed" by the situation.

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Co-op tightens checks after horse DNA discovery

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Whilst there are no safety issues involved, it is now apparent that some of the withdrawn products have not met the high standards we and our customers expect.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.

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.

– Co-operative Group


Burgers made from 'beef and horse offcuts'

Irish authorities believe that "filler product" found in contaminated burgers came from Poland and was a mixture of beef and horse offcuts, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.

The contaminated beef, which was sold in supermarkets, was in the form of blocks of frozen product from a Polish supplier that had been used for a year.

Investigations are going on into how long contaminated meat might have been in use, FSA chief executive Catherine Brown told the Commons Environment Committee.

Tesco promises 'new standard' in meat testing

Tesco has promised customers that introducing DNA checks "will set a new standard" in the testing of meat products.

The supermarket said that the discovery of horse DNA in frozen burgers shows that "in spite of our stringent tests, checks and controls, there remained a small possibility that something could go wrong and it did."

"We want to stop it ever happening again, so we are taking action to reduce that possibility still further."

10 million burgers were taken off shelves after tests found horsemeat. Credit: PA

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) found horse DNA earlier this month in beef burger products sold by Tesco and several other supermarkets.

It said most of the affected burgers contained very low levels of horse DNA, but in one Tesco sample horse meat accounted for about 29 percent relative to the beef content.

Ireland's agricultural department said on Saturday that beef containing horse DNA supplied by Silvercrest to retailers had originated in Poland.

After that ABP Food Group, which owns Silvercrest, said it had never knowingly sold equine products.


Tesco to introduce DNA testing across meat products

Tesco issued an 'unreserved apology' to customers after horse DNA was found in three frozen beef burger lines. Credit: PA

Tesco says it will now introduce a "comprehensive system of DNA testing across our meat products."

The supermarket giant says it's taking action to show its customers that they can trust the quality of its food.

"We want to leave customers in no doubt that we will do whatever it takes to ensure the quality of their food and that the food they buy is exactly what the label says it is", Tesco's Technical Director Tim Smith said.

Tesco: Burger supplier used meat not from approved suppliers

Tesco says that its investigation into how horse DNA was found in three of its frozen beef burger lines has found that its supplier used meat from outside the UK and Ireland.

The evidence tells us that our frozen burger supplier, Silvercrest, used meat in our products that did not come from the list of approved suppliers we gave them.

Nor was the meat from the UK or Ireland, despite our instruction that only beef from the UK and Ireland should be used in our frozen beef burgers.

Consequently we have decided not to take products from that supplier in future.

We took that decision with regret but the breach of trust is simply too great.

– Tim Smith, Tesco Group Technical Director
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