Horsemeat Found in Beef Burgers on Sale at Tesco (UK) and Ireland

Horsemeat Found in Beef Burgers on Sale at Tesco (UK) and Ireland - Investigators discovered that Tesco, one the largest supermarkets in UK, has been selling burgers, particularly its "Everday Value" with about one third horse meat content in it.
According to The Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI), the said hamburger meats being sold in the UK and Irish supermarkets contains "horse DNA" and they originated from two processing plants in Ireland – Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods – and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in north Yorkshire.
FSAI further revealed that after their series of investigations, there have been a total of 27 beef products containing horse DNA while 23 contains traces of pig DNA. Part of the discoveries says that the said beef burgers come in batches of raw ingredients, where some may have come from Netherlands and Spain.
A Food Standards Agency cooperating with Irish Authorities was able to identify that part of the heavily affected area is the mainland Britain. The agency's spokesman said:
At this stage it is not believed to be a food safety risk.. We are aware that investigations are ongoing to ascertain how or why horsemeat was used in the products.
Tesco, upon knowing the results of the Irish agency's investigation, withdrew the identified products from the selling stalls. Tesco's group technical director Tim Smith said:
The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious
We understand that many of our customers will be concerned by this news, and we apologise sincerely for any distress.
This finding of horse meats and traces of pig DNA in hamburger beefs raised several health concerns. Beef products are being compromised of high standards and reputation and therefore, the responsibility of all of the companies involved in the beef supply chain should deal with the issue with the strongest concern. Duties must include the assurance that the products being delivered by its suppliers conform to the acceptable standards.

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