UK Supermarket giant says tests show budget product is heavily contaminated and contains 100% horse meat, not beef as the label makes consumers belief. Tesco apologizes and admits it has 'let customers down.
The food fraud scandal escalated last night when Tesco admitted the ‘minced beef’ in its frozen bolognese is up to 100 per cent horse-meat.
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The Tesco revelation came as:
The Government was branded incompetent in heated exchanges in the Commons;
Labor claimed up to 70,000 horses are unaccounted for in Northern Ireland and could have entered the European food chain; A Romanian abattoir that supplied some of the original horse meat angrily denied claims it had mis-sold the product as beef. Tim Smith, Tesco’s technical director, yesterday apologised to customers over the latest development.
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He said: ‘A week ago Tesco withdrew a frozen Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese product from sale. ‘We did this as a precaution because Findus products from the same factory were reportedly at risk of containing horsemeat.
‘Since then, we have carried out a number of tests on the product and those tests identified the presence of horse DNA.
Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, updated ministers about the investigation into horse-meat contamination
Pugh. Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, updated ministers about the investigation into horsemeat contamination
Of the positive results, most are at a trace level of less than 1 per cent but three showed significant levels of horse DNA, exceeding 60 per cent.’
Asked what the true level was, the company said the horse meat ranged between 60 and 100 per cent. There have been concerns that the horse meat used in burgers, lasagne and bolognese sold in the UK is contaminated with veterinary drugs, such as bute.
Bute is banned from the human food chain because it can cause aplastic anaemia, which is a type of leukaemia.
Mr Smith said Tesco’s test for bute was clear, adding that the company would not take food from Comigel’s facility again.
The revelations show Tesco has been stocking products containing horse meat from two different European sources.
The scandal emerged four weeks ago following the revelation of contamination of burgers made by manufacturers in Ireland.
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson, faced accusations that the Government has mishandled the crisis during a statement to MPs yesterday.
Ministers and the Food Standards Agency took three weeks before ordering comprehensive testing of processed beef products sold in the high street and served up in schools, hospitals, prisons and other public institutions.
Mr Paterson suggested the horse contamination was the result of an international criminal conspiracy and that police in Europe and the UK are involved in the investigation.
Oh my, this is soo scary. Only God can protect, horse-meat? What else have we eaten in our burgers, hot dogs, lasagna without knowing?
Na wa oo!