Investigations are under way into how beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets came to have horse meat in them.
Irish food safety officials, who carried out the tests, said the products had been stocked by a number of chains stores including Tesco, Iceland, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi. There is no human health risk posed by the burgers and they have been removed from sale.
The meat is said to have come from two processing plants in Ireland – Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods – and the Danepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.
A total of 27 burger products were analysed, ten of which contained traces of horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA. Horse meat made up 29% of the meat content in one sample taken from Tesco.
Silvercrest Foods and Dalepak have said that they had never bought or traded in horse products and have launched an investigation into two continental European third-party meat suppliers.
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