Zebu claims in undercover exposé

Country of origin labelling in the foodservice sector was back in the spotlight after several pubs were discovered to be selling zebu beef instead of British.

An ITV programme, Undercover Mum, to be screened tonight, sent an investigator into 15 pubs belonging to two different groups, JD Wetherspoons and Greene King's Hungry Horse chain, to order beef.

Laboratory tests then revealed the pubs were selling meat from zebu cattle, generally reared in Brazil and Africa, despite staff in some cases claiming the meat was British, or at least saying they did not know its origin.

The programme claimed that four out of the six JD Wetherspoons and three out of nine Hungry Horse outlets were found to be selling zebu meat.

JD Wetherspoons told the programme makers that "zebu is taxonomically identical to any other breed such as Charolais, Limosin or Hereford", while Greene King denied that it sold zebu meat.

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