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Horse meat scandal: Birds Eye withdraws beef ready meals

SCANDAL: Birds Eye withdraws beef ready meals

READY-MADE meal food giants Birds Eye have withdrawn three beef ready meals from supermarkets in the UK and Ireland "as a precaution", after horse meat was reportedly found in a Belgium product.

According to the BBC the company said they were removing items made by Belgian group Frigilunch because a chilli con carne meal had tested positive for 2 per cent horse DNA.

Products that will be taken off the shelves across supermarkets include; Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese 340g, Shepherd's Pie 400g and Beef Lasagne 400g.

Birds Eye said told the BBC: "Whilst this is not a food safety issue, it is clearly unacceptable."

"We want to reassure you from the testing we have completed that all Birds Eye beef burgers, beef pies and beef platters do not contain horse DNA," they added.

The news comes after supermarket giant Tesco vowed to introduce DNA testing on all of its meat, after it was found that Horse meat has been used in a line of their burgers.

In a statement they claimed that meat suppliers, Silvercrest, went against their instructions to use "only beef from the UK and Ireland" in the frozen burgers and announced that they have ceased trade with the firm over the "breach of trust", reports Huffington Post UK.

The supermarket chain believes that DNA testing system on meat products will "ensure the quality" of the food on its shelves.

They told The Post: "We now understand - with as much certainty as possible - what happened.

"The evidence tells us that our frozen burger supplier, Silvercrest, used meat in our products that did not come from the list of approved suppliers we gave them.

"Nor was the meat from the UK or Ireland, despite our instruction that only beef from the UK and Ireland should be used in our frozen beefburgers.Consequently we have decided not to take products from that supplier in future. We took that decision with regret but the breach of trust is simply too great."

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