Saturday 18 November 2017

Tests of beef products find some more than 60pc horsemeat

Breda Heffernan

By Breda Heffernan

TESTS carried out by the food industry for the presence of horsemeat have found that some beef products were more than 60pc horsemeat.

A total of 957 tests were carried out by producers and 29 samples - representing seven products - came back positive for the presence of horsemeat.

Some of the products contained more than 60pc horsemeat.

The seven products were Rangeland burgers (5-30pc horsemeat), Findus Beef Lasagne (over 60pc), Birds Eye Beef Lasagne (up to 10pc), Birds Eye Spaghetti Bolognese (up to 5pc), Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese (from less than 1pc to greater than 60pc), Aldi Today’s Special Beef Lasagne (30-60pc) and Aldi Today’s Special Beef Bolognese (30-60pc).

IKEA meatballs also tested positive for horsemeat, however the quantity is not yet known.

The test results were reported to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland which published them this afternoon.

All the positive results have previously been published and the products concerned have already been withdrawn from sale.

Tests were carried out on beef meat ingredients and final beef products which were taken from a range of suppliers, caterers, processors, manufacturers and retailers.

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