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More Products Confirmed with Horse DNA

11 April 2013

UK - Four of the remaining five samples relating to the British Food Standards Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products have found two to contain horse meat.

All five of the products were withdrawn from sale following receipt of the first test results.

Two of the four samples contained horse DNA at or above the one per cent threshold for reporting. Neither product was found to contain the veterinary drug bute (phenylbutazone) or pig DNA.

The products confirmed as containing horse meat above one per cent were burgers purchased from Nefyn Pizza & Kebab House in Gwynedd and manufactured by the Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC) and a beefburger purchased from Pig Out in Walsall and manufactured by King Fry Meat Products Ltd.

The two other samples, which did not contain horse DNA, were also tested for the presence of pig DNA. These results have now been confirmed as below one per cent. Neither product was labelled as halal or kosher. This leaves one result still to be reported.

Separately, on 26 March, the Agency advised that a Whitbread burger had tested positive for horse DNA above one per cent.

The FSA has now received further test results that have confirmed the level of DNA to be under the reporting threshold. However, Whitbread will remain on the list of brands named on the FSA’s consumer advice webpage (which can be accessed via the link on the right) as it has reported other positive results as part of the testing carried out by the food industry.

The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2013 and parallel legistation in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, made under the Food Safety Act 1990, specify the procedures to be followed when a sample is analysed. The regulations also detail the role of the Government Chemist.

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