Horse meat found in Tesco burgers: Animal’s DNA also discovered in Lidl, Aldi and Iceland beef products

Food giant Tesco yesterday (Tuesday 15th January 2013)  launched an investigation into how horse meat got into its beefburgers.

Shelves were cleared of all the store’s own brand burgers as a precaution after tests discovered the contaminated products.

Continental suppliers were being blamed for this latest blunder.

One sample of Tesco Everyday Value Beefburgers was around 29% horse meat.  But Tesco bosses stressed the burgers posed no health risk.

The products which tested positive were supplied by Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and on UK plant, Dalepak Hambleton in Yorkshire.

All the burgers found with horse meat were sold in Ireland. There were also traces of pig. Tests on beef sold in Lidl, Aldi and Iceland uncovered horse and pork DNA.

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