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Horse meat taints burgers

LONDON — Investigations are under way to try to find out how beefburgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets became contaminated with horse meat.

Irish food safety officials, who carried out tests two months ago, said the products had been stocked by a number of chains including Tesco and Iceland stores in the UK.

They said there was no human health risk and the burgers had been removed.

Tesco said it was “working … to ensure it does not happen again”.

The UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it was working with the Food Standards Agency to “urgently investigate” how the products came to contain horsemeat.

The FSA has also called a meeting of food industry representatives.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, which is conducting similar inquiries, said the meat had come from two processing plants in the Irish Republic – Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods – and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in North Yorkshire.

The burgers had been on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, where they were also on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi.

A total of 27 burger products were analysed, with 10 of them containing traces of horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA. (BBC)

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