Horse DNA in burgers 'from Poland'

Published Sunday, 27 January 2013
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Tests have revealed that ingredients imported from Poland were the source of horse DNA found in beef burgers.

Horse DNA in burgers 'from Poland'
The burgers were on sale in a number of supermarkets. (© Getty)

The Republic of Ireland's Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, said results were positive for equine DNA in meat imported as raw material for the production of burgers at Silvercrest Meats in Ballybay, Co Monaghan.

Three samples were found to contain considerable quantities of horse meat and these had a common ingredient which came from Poland.

A statement from Mr Coveney said: "The investigation has therefore established a direct correlation between burgers in which a high level of equine DNA was detected and this raw material product.

"The Minister said he was confident that this finding leads to a firm conclusion that the raw material in question was the source of equine DNA introduced into burgers manufactured at Silvercrest."

He added that this was the only ingredient to test positive and said tests on samples from Irish food ingredients had come back negative.

The ABP Food Group welcomed the findings: "This has been a very difficult experience for all involved and has led to a significant interruption in business for Silvercrest and its customers. We are relieved that the source of the problem has been identified.

"While the company has never knowingly purchased or traded in equine product, I wish to take this opportunity to apologise for the impact this issue has caused."

Tesco and other supermarkets which had been stocking the burgers have since removed them from sale.

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Comments Comments
Mann in the moon wrote (726 days ago):
Willie In Space ? No way ! The poor man would die from the shock of seeing what a small insignificant dot on the planet his Wee norn iron is, in " Gods scheme ".
Realist in England wrote (727 days ago):
Old Sod - that is an awesome idea. He could finally put all those years of training as a space cadet to good use.
Chris in Banbridge wrote (727 days ago):
Willie Frazer, what a silly man. Your laughed at again!!!!Its not so long ago that a primary school was termed an IRA training camp by this man.
OldSod in Fermanagh wrote (727 days ago):
Realist, its a good thing I had finished my coffee when I read your comment,.... I laughed so hard, there would have been coffee coming out of my nose!!! I wish Nasa would put Willie on a rocket and send him up into space,... not to hurt him or anything,... I just think it would be better for everyone including Willie if he was up there maybe doing important work for NASA on asteroid formations or moon rocks! God knows he does very little of value down here.
Eamonn Andrews in BELFAST wrote (728 days ago):
A wee guy goes into the chippie and asks for a burger, when the girl behind the counter ask him if he wanted any thing on it. He replied,aye a fiver each way.
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