15 January 2013
Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI) has said.
The burgers were on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland they were on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl, and Aldi.
A total of 27 products were analysed, with 10 of them containing horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA.
In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger.”Professor Alan Reilly, FSAI chief executive
'Unacceptable'Horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.
In addition, 31 beef meal products, including cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne, were analysed, of which 21 tested positive for pig DNA.
Iceland said it has "withdrawn from sale the two Iceland brand quarter pounder burger lines implicated in the study".