The FSA’s local authority testing programme ran in three phases, between January and March 2013, with 514 samples taken for testing by 51 local authorities. These samples, which covered a range of beef products, were tested for undeclared horse. Phases 1 and 2 also tested for the presence of undeclared pork.
The final report published today, shows that more than 98% of products were negative for horse DNA or, where tested, pig DNA at the level of 1%. Two beef products, which have been announced previously, were found to contain horse DNA at levels greater than the 1% reporting limit. None tested positive for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone (bute). Three other products, which have been announced previously, were found to contain pig DNA above 1%. One product, labelled as halal, was found to have trace levels of pig DNA. The products are:
- Burger Manufacturing Company burger
- King Fry Meat Products Ltd burger
- Asda Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Asda Beef Cannelloni
- Apetito Beef Lasagne
Halal product with trace levels of pig DNA
Local authorities took follow-up action on all samples where horse or pig DNA was detected at 1% or above, and for the product labelled as halal. These products were removed from sale.
The local authority testing programme comprised three phases:
Phase 1 tested 224 samples of minced beef products including burgers, minced beef, beef sausage or meat balls for horse and pig DNA.
Phase 2 tested 140 samples of beef-based frozen, chilled or canned ready meals including lasagne, chilli con carne, cottage pie, ravioli, cannelloni and spaghetti bolognese for horse and pig DNA.
Phase 3 tested 150 samples for horse DNA as part of a European Commission survey. These included products marketed or labelled as containing beef as a major ingredient, such as minced meat, meat products and meat preparations.