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Horsemeat scandal hits Tesco just days after ‘no positive results’ announcement

13 March 2013

Just 11 days after reassuring the public that there was no horse DNA in its products, Tesco has withdrawn a frozen meatloaf product found to contain traces of horsemeat.


The 600g packet of Simply Roast Meatloaf is the third Tesco product to test positive since the horsemeat scandal began in January. The product was manufactured at Eurostock in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

Tim Smith, Tesco’s group technical director, said: “Our investigation to thoroughly understand the source of the contamination has started and we will complete it before deciding whether to continue using the supplier. We are very sorry we have had a further product which has failed to meet the high standards we and our customers expect.”

On 1 March Tesco assured consumers that no new positive results of horsemeat DNA had been found, following tests on its processed mince beef products.

Meanwhile, a survey for Which? reports that more than half of consumers have changed their shopping habits as a result of the horsemeat scandal. The survey states that public trust in the food industry has dropped 24%, with 30% of shoppers buying processed meat and a quarter buying fewer ready meals containing meat.

David Cameron said: “I’m sure that as we get on top of this problem, there will be a moment when the Secretary of State will want to consult with people in the industry about what are the lessons we can learn.”

Tim Smith’s statement in full
“Today we have withdrawn from sale a product which has tested positive for between 2-5% horsemeat. The product is a frozen Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf 600g. The product tested was manufactured between October 2012 and January 2013 at Eurostock in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Tests on 15 other lines from the same manufacturing site were clear of horsemeat. Our investigation to thoroughly understand the source of the contamination has started and we will complete our investigation before deciding whether to continue using the supplier.

“As part of our new DNA testing programme we have now tested more than 500 products identified as being most at risk of containing horsemeat. This is the fourth Tesco-branded product to have tested positive.

“We are very sorry that we have had a further product which has failed to meet the high standards we and our customers expect.

“Full details of the Tesco-branded products, our testing programme and our pledge to improve our supply chain can be found on www.tescofoodnews.com”



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