In Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers, horse meat accounted for approximately 29 per cent of the meat. The supermarket announced last night that it was removing all fresh and frozen burgers from sale immediately regardless if they had been found to contain horse meat.
Tim Smith, the group technical director of Tesco, said: “The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious. Our customers have the right to expect that food they buy is produced to the highest standards.”
An investigation was carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The Food Standards Agency, working with the Irish authorities, established that mainland Britain was part of the area affected.
More than a third (37 per cent) of the products tested in Ireland contained horse DNA, while the vast majority (85 per cent) also contained pig DNA.
Some of this is trace amounts in some products. Others, as above, are substantial amounts. But here’s the surprise (from some unknown corner of the memory bank). Horse meat oxidises as soon as it is ground. Turns a grey/brown colour almost immediately. So whatever your views on chowing down on Trigger it’s just not something you’d expect someone to put into mince.