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Hungarian Horse Meat Labelled as Beef

25 March 2013

UK - Lancashire County Council in the England it has identified 100kg of horse meat imported from Hungary labelled as beef.

The meat was imported by Hungarian Food Ltd in Preston.

Investigations showed that 40kg were sold through Hungarian Food Ltd's own market stall in Preston, and through a shop in Liverpool called Taste of Hungary. The remaining meat has been withdrawn from sale.

The meat was sold in 1kg bags labelled as 'diced beef'.

The British Food Standards Agency has been informed by has notified the European Commission and the Hungarian authorities. The local authority is investigating and the meat will be tested for the veterinary drug 'bute'.

In another incident, testing carried out by Powys County Council in Wales, as requested by the FSA, has shown that three samples of beef burger products made by catering supplier, The Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC), have tested positive for at least one per cent horse meat.

Further work is being carried out to establish exactly how much horse meat these products contain and to test for the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, or bute.

In line with good practice, BMC is withdrawing these products. The company is also contacting its customers to inform them of the results of these tests and to withdraw any of the affected products that they may have.

The Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC) withdrew the products after initial tests indicated that they contained horse DNA at a one per cent Limit of Detection. However, subsequent tests confirmed the presence of horse DNA at levels below the one per cent threshold for reporting.

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