Friday 18 April 2014

Additional tests on burgers from Liffey Meats show no presence of equine DNA

Scientific tests found traces of horse DNA in burgers on sale in some of the UK and Ireland's leading supermarkets

FURTHER tests on beef burgers at a plant embroiled in the horsemeat scandal have come back clear.

Laboratory tests on burgers from Liffey Meats have shown that there was no presence of horse DNA in the product which was manufactured between January 10 and January 16.

The Department of Agriculture welcomed the results, and said it supported the company’s claim that it had addressed concerns raised in shocking findings from the Food Safety Authority Ireland (FSAI) last week.

More than one in three of the supermarket burgers sampled by the FSAI – or 10 from from a total of 27 – had traces of horse DNA.

Additional tests were ordered at two companies, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest, which had supplied the burgers.

A statement from the Department of Agriculture pointed out that the FSAI survey had found only very low trace levels of equine DNA in three of the Liffey Meats burger samples.

Further tests will be needed at Silvercrest, it said, after further samples were taken there last week. The preliminary results for Silvercrest showed nine out of 13 burgers still tested positive for traces of horse DNA last week.

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