Supermarkets complete horsemeat testing

01 March, 2013

Testing for horsemeat on processed beef products in all of the UK’s largest supermarkets has been completed.

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK’s largest supermarkets and a number of BRC-member food businesses have reported the results of 361 more tests on 103 products, with negative results for horsemeat.

Andrew Opie, BRC food director, said: "The UK’s major supermarkets, and a number of other BRC-member food businesses, have now tested all existing processed minced beef products. The reassuring news is that another intensive week of testing has produced no new positive results. And, since this testing programme started in mid-January, just a third of 1% of products have tested positive. But our members won’t accept anything less than 100% compliance. We are working with the rest of the supply chain and with government to prevent any incidents in the future."

BRC members have carried out 1,889 tests for horsemeat between 20 January and yesterday. However, BRC food member businesses as a whole have still to complete 5% more tests. Since the testing began in January, only 0.3% of products tested positive for horsemeat, the BRC said.





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