Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Beef' meatloaf and cottage pie test positive for horsemeat

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

A ‘BEEF’ meatloaf and cottage pie have tested positive for horsemeat in the latest round of DNA testing.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) published the findings of the food industry’s own tests carried out in the last three weeks.

A total of 1,228 samples of beef products and ingredients were tested and three of these, relating to two products, have tested positive for horsemeat.

The affected products were Tesco Simple Roast Meatloaf, which was found to contain up to 5.2pc horsemeat, and Oak Farm Cottage Pie 350g which was up to 5pc horsemeat.

The FSAI said the positive results have been published previously and the products are no longer on the market.

The testing was carried out on beef meat ingredients and final beef products and samples were taken from a range of suppliers, caterers, processors, manufacturers and retailers.

Among those food businesses which submitted results were ABP Ireland, Cow & Gate, Dawn Farm Foods, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Musgraves, Liffey Meats, Rangeland, Green Isle Foods, HJ Heinz, Keystone Manufacturing Ireland and Convenience Foods.

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