Horse DNA found in canned beef sold at two UK chains

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A batch of canned sliced beef that was found to contain horse DNA has been withdrawn from two chains in the UK.

The Food Standard Agency issued a statement saying that the canned beef was manufactured in Romania in January 2013 and supplied Home Bargains, which has a store located on Pellon Lane, Halifax, and Quality Save stores in the UK.

Horse meat was not identified in the ingredients and therefore it should not have been present in the product.

The 320g packs are described on the label as ‘Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy.’

The presence of horse DNA in the product was identified during routine testing carried out by Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers.

The product was found to contain horse DNA at a level of between one and five per cent. It also tested negative for the presence of the drug phenylbutazone, known as ‘bute’.

The affected batch has been withdrawn from sale.

The FSA is advising people that if they have this product stored they should return it to where they bought it.

The affected batch has a ‘best before’ date of January 2016 and a batch code of 13.04.C.