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Its BACK: Horsemeat Found in UK Canned Beef

Source: the BBC

The product tested was found to contain between 1% and 5% horsemeat

The canned beef had been manufactured in Romania

The canned beef had been manufactured in Romania

Horsemeat has been found in tinned beef that has been on sale in discount stores in the UK, the Food Standards Agency said.

Horse DNA was found during routine testing by Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers.

Officials said the Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy had been sold in branches of Home Bargains and Quality Save.

The affected batch has been withdrawn from sale.

An FSA spokesman said: “If you have this product stored, you are advised to return it to where you bought it.”

The affected products have a best before date of January 2016 and a batch code of 13.04.C.

They were manufactured in Romania in January.

‘Disappointed’ with findings

The product tested was found to contain between 1% and 5% horsemeat, but did not contain any of the veterinary painkiller bute.

A spokesperson for TJ Morris, which trades as Home Bargains, said it withdrew the product as soon as the company was made aware traces of horsemeat had been found.

“We are disappointed with these findings,” said the spokesperson.

“The factory we and other retailers use for this product has the highest level of UK food standards accreditation – British Retail Consortium Grade A.

“We have since had other batches of the same product tested, which were found to contain no traces of horsemeat.”

6 replies »

  1. Interesting…….does this bring to light the fact that this is what we will be facing in the United States? It coukd already be here, i mean pro slaughter knows something or they wouldnt keep pressuring to do this. The UK will be lucky to Ever get Rid of it! I find it a fantastic story with the disclaimer of no bute, so what other drugs have they not tested it for?


    • Cynthia I agree, my first thought was also the endless combination of drugs we put into horses which they are NOT testing for. I can only imagine the regulations are more strict in the US than elsewhere about what is put into horses’s bodies. Our race has a long history of subjecting these innocent creatures to all sorts of chemical cocktails. How anyone can believe our food supply is in any way healthy anymore is beyond comprehension. The number and content of what even the USDA tests for in beef is alarmingly small.


  2. ABC 6 news article Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires please respond if this is possibly true or not! No we cannot have One horse Butchered on American Soil!


    • Judy, they only tested for Bute, which as a painkiller might not be offered to horses on their way to slaughter, but how they got into such a dire straits raises questions about what other drugs they may carry which are not being tested for. Honestly, how could you? There are an endless amount of drugs which can be put into horse’s bodies; it would not be cost-effective to even test for them, especially since horsemeat is often a low-end food product or “filler.”


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