Horse meat concerns lead to products being removed from sale at Asda and Tesco stores
TWO of the area’s supermarkets have taken products off the shelves after concerns of horse meat contamination.
All Asda stores have removed the following products as a precaution:
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The supermarket believes that there is no chance of horse in their products but has cleared the shelves as a precaution.
A spokesman said: “As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the Food Standards Agency has tested a quantity of frozen meat currently detained in a cold store on the premises of a company called Freeza Meats in Northern Ireland.
“Asda sources four frozen burger products from Freeza Meats in Northern Ireland.
“It’s important to note that both the local EHO in Northern Ireland, and our own independent DNA tests have come back free of any trace of horse meat.
“Although all the science says there is no trace of horse in our burgers produced by Freeza Meats, we can’t and won’t take any chances when it comes to the authenticity of ingredients in our products.
“As a precaution we have taken all four frozen burger products off sale produced in that factory, and have instructed Freeza Meats to segregate and hold any frozen burgers currently in production or in their supply chain destined for Asda.”
Tesco stores have also removed two products from their shelves including Findus beef lasagne and Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese as a precaution.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “Following the withdrawal of Findus beef lasagne, which is produced by Comigel, we have decided to withdraw our frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which is produced at the same site, as a precautionary measure.
“There is no evidence that our product has been contaminated and the meat used in the Findus product is not used in our product.
“However, we have decided to withdraw the product pending the results of our own tests.”