Horse DNA in Birds Eye ready meals
BIRDS EYE ready meals, which were withdrawn from sale in Ireland last week over fears they might contain horse meat, have tested positive for equine DNA.
The company said it was removing the products – spaghetti bolognese, shepherd's pie and lasagne – as a precaution after horse meat was found in a product made by a suppliers, Dutch firm Frigilunch NV.
Tests on the ready meals sold in Ireland have now confirmed equine DNA in the Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese 340g and Beef Lasagne 400g. It said horse DNA was found at "low levels".
"We are introducing a new ongoing DNA testing programme that will ensure no minced beef meat product can leave our facilities without first having been cleared by DNA testing," it said. Irish consumers can contact Birds Eye on 1850 298 398 for a full refund.