Suffolk: Trading Standards alert over horse meat in ready meals


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HORSE DNA has been found in some Birds Eye ready meals being sold in shops across Suffolk.

Suffolk Trading Standards is urging retailers to check their stocks after Birds Eye confirmed equine DNA has been detected in both its Spaghetti Bolognese (340g) and Beef Lasagne (400g) meals.

Birds Eye has confirmed that it had removed all products from shelves on 22nd February 2013.

However, Suffolk Trading Standards has been informed that some smaller retail outlets may still be offering these products for sale and may not be aware of the withdrawal.

Retailers should also check that they are not continuing to stock Findus Beef Lasagne (320g, 360g and 500g) which has also been found to contain equine DNA and should have already been taken off the shelves.

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Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “It is imperative that retailers in Suffolk are aware of this recall and act swiftly to remove any of the products identified by the Food Standards Agency from their shelves.”

There is believed to be no food safety risk for any of these products, but they do not comply with food labelling laws and therefore should not be sold.

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