Horse meat traces found in burgers

News Shopper: Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some UK supermarkets Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some UK supermarkets

Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some of the UK and Ireland's busiest supermarkets, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said.

Scientific tests on beef products sold in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Dunnes Stores uncovered low levels of the animal's DNA.

A total of 27 products were tested, with ten of them containing horse DNA and 23 pig DNA. Horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.

Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, said there was no health risk but also no reasonable explanation for horse meat to be found. He said: "The products we have identified as containing horse DNA and/or pig DNA do not pose any food safety risk and consumers should not be worried."

"Whilst there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat in their production process. In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horse meat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger."

The retailers have told food safety chiefs they are removing all implicated products from their shelves.

Prof Reilly said traces of other meats would be unacceptable for people who may not eat certain food on religious grounds. He added: "Likewise, for some religious groups or people who abstain from eating pig meat, the presence of traces of pig DNA is unacceptable."

Beef burger products which tested positive for horse DNA were produced by Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and one UK plant, Dalepak Hambleton. Silvercrest said it was pulling products from sale and replacing them with new lines.

Some 31 beef meal products such as cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne were tested, with 21 found to be positive for pig DNA. All tested negative for horse meat.

The DNA tests found horse in the following products: Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers 29.1%; Tesco Beef Quarter Pounders 0.1%; Oakhurst Beef Burgers in Aldi 0.3%; Moordale Quarter Pounders in Lidl 0.1%; Flamehouse Chargrilled Quarter Pounders in Dunnes Stores 0.1%; two varieties of Iceland Quarter Pounders 0.1%. Even lower levels were recorded in Moordale Beef Burgers in Lidl and St Bernard Beef Burgers in Dunnes Stores.

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1:53pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

tasted alright to me
tasted alright to me Eric Whim
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12:44pm Tue 22 Jan 13

beetawix says...

I had a burger in the restaurant of a certain store. Did you want to put anything on it?, the girl asked.
Yes a fiver each way please I said.
I had a burger in the restaurant of a certain store. Did you want to put anything on it?, the girl asked. Yes a fiver each way please I said. beetawix
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2:56pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Dan Soton says...

Fluoridation X-Files.. Podcast: Ireland/UK Livestock (meat/offal) with Skeletal Fluorosis sold for human consumption.



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That's according to a Vet visiting a UK Abattoir/Slaughterho
use.


Skip to 1:14:40.. Ireland/UK Livestock can drink up to 20 gallons of Fluoridated water a day.


Skip to 1:22:30..LABOUR MP TESSA JOWELL IS DUMBFOUNDED WHEN SHE HEARS THIRES NO TESTING FOR FLUORIDE CONTAMINATION


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Podcast:


http://hampshireagai
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also.



Podcast:


http://www.podbean.c
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Going by some news reports..

Scientists say UK/Ireland/Romanian Horse offal/meat is likely to be cheap and not fit for human consumption .


In the case of Ireland/UK I suggest Scientists test for Fluorosis and Romania Arsenic Contamination.

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Romania.. ill-health has been reported due to Arsenic Contaminated water.

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http://www.who.int/w
ater_sanitation_heal
th/en/poster8.pdf

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Long-term, low level exposure to arsenic in drinking water may increase a person's risk of skin cancer, according to a new study conducted in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The study suggests that LEVELS OF INORGANIC ARSENIC PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE HARMLESS MAY HAVE A CARCINOGENIC EFFECT OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

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http://ec.europa.eu/
environment/integrat
ion/research/newsale
rt/pdf/297na1.pdf






I only hope the NHS have the resources to cope with this pending nightmare.. arrogant SHAs are the only ones to blame
Fluoridation X-Files.. Podcast: Ireland/UK Livestock (meat/offal) with Skeletal Fluorosis sold for human consumption. - That's according to a Vet visiting a UK Abattoir/Slaughterho use. Skip to 1:14:40.. Ireland/UK Livestock can drink up to 20 gallons of Fluoridated water a day. Skip to 1:22:30..LABOUR MP TESSA JOWELL IS DUMBFOUNDED WHEN SHE HEARS THIRES NO TESTING FOR FLUORIDE CONTAMINATION - Podcast: http://hampshireagai nstfluoridation.blog spot.co.uk/2013/01/p odcast-powered-by-po dbean-january-12th.h tml also. Podcast: http://www.podbean.c om/podcast-detail?pi d=63347 - Going by some news reports.. Scientists say UK/Ireland/Romanian Horse offal/meat is likely to be cheap and not fit for human consumption . In the case of Ireland/UK I suggest Scientists test for Fluorosis and Romania Arsenic Contamination. - Romania.. ill-health has been reported due to Arsenic Contaminated water. - http://www.who.int/w ater_sanitation_heal th/en/poster8.pdf - Long-term, low level exposure to arsenic in drinking water may increase a person's risk of skin cancer, according to a new study conducted in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The study suggests that LEVELS OF INORGANIC ARSENIC PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE HARMLESS MAY HAVE A CARCINOGENIC EFFECT OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. - http://ec.europa.eu/ environment/integrat ion/research/newsale rt/pdf/297na1.pdf I only hope the NHS have the resources to cope with this pending nightmare.. arrogant SHAs are the only ones to blame Dan Soton
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7:47pm Tue 19 Feb 13

cj07589 says...

Anyone for a burger? Yay or neigh?
Anyone for a burger? Yay or neigh? cj07589
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