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Sunday 21 September 2014

No horse but it's not lamb either: What's really in your donner kebab?

A new study has revealed that some lamb kebabs on sale in Dublin's capital contain less than 5pc of actual lamb.

Patricia Murphy

Published 24/07/2014 | 14:05

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Doner Kebab / Türkiye
A new study has revealed that some lamb kebabs on sale in Dublin's capital contain less than 5pc of actual lamb.

Tucking into a lamb kebab might be a popular post pub activity throughout the country but a new study focused on Dublin's takeaways has revealed that it might not be exactly what you ordered.

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The research, which was carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and the Health Service Executive, revealed that 7 out of 20 kebabs ordered from independent takeaways in the capital contained limited traces of lamb or none at all, despite being advertised as such on menu boards.

Six of these kebabs contained over 60pc of chicken and 30pc beef, undeclared, with only three testing positive for lamb at all (1pc-5pc).

The study tested for the presence of DNA from bovine, pig, sheep, goat, horse, chicken and turkey in ten kebabs and ten lamb dishes. 

Horse, goat, pig or turkey DNA was not found in any sample. 

Prof Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI, stated that while this is not a food safety issue, the fact that undeclared meats have been identified raises concerns about misleading consumers and not giving them the correct information about the food they are eating.

 “When you order a lamb kebab you expect to get a lamb kebab and not a beef and chicken kebab.  Incorrectly listing meat products on a menu or menu board, whether inadvertently or by design, is an unacceptable infringement of the labelling legislation," he said.

"The FSAI is committed to protecting consumers’ interests and ensuring the integrity of the Irish food supply chain.  We will not hesitate to take appropriate action on food businesses that are found to be intentionally misleading consumers through incorrect labelling or display on a menu or menu board.”

So what's really in your kebab?

Next time you're tucking into your chipper favourite, take a moment to note that it might not be exactly what you splashed the cash on. Here's what was really in the samples found to contain undeclared meat...

1. Kebab meat slices

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef and no lamb

 

2. Doner kebab meat

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef, no lamb

 

3. Kebab meat from a spit

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef, lamb (less than 5pc)

 

4. Doner kebab meat

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef, lamb (less than 5pc)

 

5. Lamb kebab

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef, lamb (less than 5pc)

 

6. Lamb Kebab

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mostly chicken, a little bit of beef, no lamb

 

7. Raw minced lamb for lamb skewers

Menu description: Lamb

True contents: Mainly beef, a little bit of lamb

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