A food processing plant in Bradley Stoke has been named as the source of a fresh beef product withdrawn by a national supermarket chain following the detection of traces of equine DNA in a screening test.
Concerns about horsemeat in processed beef products first came to light on 15th January and until now recalls by supermarkets have involved only frozen products.
The Asda sauce product contained meat that was supplied to Greencore by an ABP Food plant in Tipperary Ireland. The company says it is working with ABP to carry out further tests to determine the extent of the equine DNA.
As a precaution, Asda is also withdrawing three other beef-based own-label products that are also produced by Greencore: its 600g Beef Broth Soup; 500g Meat Feast Pasta Sauce and 400g Chilli Con Carne Soup.
It is understood that Greencore also makes sauces and meals for a number of other supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.
A press statement put out by Greencore said:
“Greencore is committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety and food traceability, and is therefore extremely concerned that the quality of one of its products may have been compromised in this way. The company is participating in full with the intensive industry testing programme to examine the full supply chain in order to restore consumer confidence.”
Photo: Lorries wait in line outside the Greencore food processing plant in Hawkley Drive, Bradley Stoke.
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