There is a known expression here in Ireland when people would say “I could eat a horse”. Well, people didn’t mean it…literally. When the news was spread about horsemeat in our beef products, it caused a moral panic. And rightly so it did. I don’t think people would like to pay for something they think they’re eating and then find out; there was a positive result of horsemeat instead of beef.
According to the Irish Times, a total of 29 samples, representing seven beef products, have so far tested positive for horse meat in Ireland, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has confirmed.
A total of 957 tests were carried out by industry, 928 samples were found to be negative and 29 samples representing seven products were found to be positive for the presence of horse meat.
The products which tested positive were; Rangeland burgers (up to 30 per cent); Findus Beef Lasagne (60+ per cent); Birds Eye Beef Lasagne and Spaghetti Bolognese (up to 10 per cent); Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese (up to 60 per cent); Aldi – Today’s Special Beef Lasagne and Today’s Special Beef Bolognese (30 -60 per cent) and Ikea’s beef meatballs (amount to be confirmed).
Test on gelatine and products such as stock cubes and dripping will not be included at this stage, the FSAI said.
Separately, Irish convenience food company Greencore said today new tests on their beef product, which originally tested positive for horse meat, have shown no traces of equine DNA.
Greencore was drawn into the horse meat scandal last month when Asda said it discovered horse DNA in a beef bolognese sauce, which was linked to ABP’s meat plant in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
However, Greencore said today ABP’s own investigation, which included a testing programme for all raw materials used in the batch in question, tested negative for equine DNA.
ABP Ireland said it was “very disappointed” to be associated with this incident, “but is pleased that the matter has now been brought to a conclusion”.