Dalepak products free of horse DNA, says FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that further testing on samples taken from ABP-subsidiary Dalepak returned negative results on horse and pig DNA.

Testing at the Yorkshire plant - one of three implicated in the horsemeat contamination scandal - was carried out by North Yorkshire Trading Standards.

“North Yorkshire Trading Standards focused on the burger product lines implicated in the survey carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. They took seven samples, comprising all the meat being used currently in the production of these lines. Neither horse nor pork DNA was detected in any of these samples,” said the FSA.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced earlier this month that testing on burgers supplied by Dalepak, Silvercrest Foods and Liffey Meats to retailers in Ireland and the UK last year had tested positive for horse and pig DNA.

Further testing on products from Liffey Meats returned negative results, but testing on Silvercrest Foods products returned more positive results for horse DNA, leading ABP to suspend operations at the plant.


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