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Local branches caught up in horse meat scandal

23 January 2013

CUSTOMERS at three major supermarkets with branches in Aberystwyth and south Ceredigion could have unknowingly eaten products contaminated with horse meat, an investigation by food safety officials has revealed.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is looking into how the supermarkets - Tesco, Lidl and Iceland - came to stock burgers containing equine DNA, following tests carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

All three supermarkets have stores in Aberystwyth or Cardigan, while a fourth, Aldi, which has a store in Cardigan, said it had withdrawn three products from sale in the UK as a “precautionary measure.”

A spokesperson for Iceland said: “Iceland Foods notes with concern the statement issued by the FSAI, outlining the results of a study which has apparently identified traces of horse DNA in a number of beef burger products sold by a variety of retailers.

“Pending further investigation, Iceland has withdrawn from sale the two Iceland brand quarter pounder burger lines implicated in the study.

“Iceland will be working closely with its suppliers to investigate this issue and to ensure that all Iceland brand products meet the high standards of quality and integrity that we specify.”

Lidl said it had four products listed in the FSAI report, but only one of its products was listed in Lidl UK stores all year round - Moordale 4 Frozen Premium Beef Quarterpounders.

 

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