Dutch recall reignites concern over horsemeat
The Netherlands has recalled 50,000 tonnes of beef sold across Europe, reviving concerns over the contamination.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has recalled around 50,000 tonnes of meat sold as beef across Europe that could potentially contain horsemeat.
The veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or bute, has been found in Asda Smart Price corned beef.
The horsemeat saga hit sales of ready meals but SymphonyIRI's Tim Eales believes demand for chilled products will bounce back once memories of the contamination fade.
A prominent academic has suggested the international food industry was lucky the horsemeat scandal related only to the fraudulent use of an apparently safe raw material.
Kerry Group chief executive Stan McCarthy has predicted there will be fewer companies involved in the supply of meat as the industry responds to the recent horsemeat contamination saga.
Irish meat firm QK Meats, a supplier to Birds Eye, was first alerted to the presence of horsemeat in beef shipped from Poland in June 2012 after its own tests came back positive for horse DNA.
UK retail giant Tesco has pledged to double the amount it spends on buying fresh beef, pork and chicken from farmers in Northern Ireland.
Tesco has recalled its own label frozen Simply Roast Meatloaf after detecting a horsemeat content of between 2% and 5%.
A UK-wide beef product survey by the country's Food Standards Agency has found six beef products that could potentially contain horse DNA.
Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has continued its drive to rapidly expand its footprint with the announcement that it has acquired the remaining Vion meat businesses in the UK. Katy Askew takes a look at how ambitious 2 Sisters hopes to succeed in a market where Vion struggled.
Nearly two months into the horsemeat scandal that has rocked the food industry, UK figures highlighting a sales slowdown in ready meals raise the question of whether this is a temporary blip or a long-term structural decline.
Four more products have tested positive for horse DNA in the latest set of results received by the UK's Food Standards Agency from the industry.
Tesco's CEO has announced a raft of changes to its supply chain in the shadow of the horsemeat scandal, including a promise to source all fresh chicken from within the UK and the appointment of an 'agriculture director'.
Tesco has indicated that it will source more meat in the UK as it looks to tighten security down the supply chain in response to the horsemeat scandal that has engulfed Europe.
The suggestion this weekend from German development minister Dirk Niebel that food products containing horsemeat should be distributed to the poor reminds us that, while indicative of a glaring lack of scrutiny on the part of food companies, the horsemeat scandal has represented no danger to human health to date.
French President François Hollande has demanded EU labelling requirements for meat in ready meals.
The UK's Food Standards Agency has released a second set of test results from the industry revealing 99% of products sampled proved negative for traces of horse DNA.
Birds Eye has pulled three beef ready meals from supermarkets in the UK and Ireland as a precaution after a product it sells in Belgium tested positive for horse DNA.
The European food industry has been shaken to its core by a scandal involving the contamination of processed beef products with undeclared horsemeat. The scare has undermined consumer confidence in the reliability of the food chain and highlighted the vulnerability of a complex and highly integrated system that is primarily based on trust. Katy Askew asks what the food industry can do to avert future contamination issues.
The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to double its testing of meat products in the wake of the horsemeat contamination scandal.
Nestle is increasing quality and safety checks down its supply chain after the world's largest food group was forced to recall three products contaminated with horsemeat.
Sales of frozen products in the UK, Ireland and France have taken a hit from the horsemeat contamination scandal, data has revealed.
Nestle has recalled two beef ready meals on sale in Spain and Italy after tests returned positive for horse DNA.
Members of the European Parliament have demanded severe punishments for food manufacturers found guilty of mislabelling horsemeat as beef.
Spanghero, the French firm at the centre of the horsemeat scandal, has been given the go-ahead to partially resume its business activities.
Rarely lost for words, Malcolm Walker, chief executive of UK retailer Iceland, has raised eyebrows with his comments on the horsemeat contamination scandal.
The UK government has denied claims it ignored warnings that horsemeat slaughtered in the UK and destined for export to Europe could contain veterinary drug phenylbutazone.
Asda has recalled fresh sauce manufactured by private-label giant Greencore after finding horse DNA in the line - the first product outside the frozen aisle to become embroiled in the contamination scandal.
The French government has pointed the finger firmly at local firm Spanghero in the scandal over horse meat being passed off as beef.
Changes to France's laws on food labelling and traceability look set to be introduced in the wake of the horse meat contamination that has engulfed the country's food sector.
UK police have raided two meat firms as part of an investigation into how beef products containing horse meat have been sold.
Romania this afternoon (11 February) insisted the two slaughterhouses in the country under scrutiny over horse meat contamination have not broken EU food rules.
The UK's Food Standards Agency has insisted the traceability systems in place to track ingredients down the supply chain are proving robust as it works to uncover how undeclared horse meat made its way onto frozen beef products.
In an sector in which profit margins are wafer thin, with retail pressure bearing down on manufacturers and manufacturers bearing down on their suppliers, it really is not a surprise that the best deal will be sought after and snaffled up, writes Dean Best. But the old adage of "if something appears too good to be true, it probably is" has rarely felt so apt.
The UK government is to meet industry officials to determine whether the supply chain needs to be placed under greater scrutiny to ensure food security in the country.
An abbatoir in Romania is alleged to be the source of the horse meat contained in Findus products that have sparked the crisis that has rocked Europe's food industry.
Six of France's largest retail chains have pulled products from their shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.
As our understanding of the horse meat contamination scandal develops the number of food products drawn in is likely to expand, raising some fundamental questions about the security of our food supply.
The UK's Food Standards Agency confirmed this morning (8 February) it is cooperating with European police authorities as it works to get to the bottom of the horse meat scandal.
The UK's Food Standards Agency has demanded the food industry implement a "more comprehensive" meat testing programme, following news that undeclared horse meat has now been found in frozen ready meals.
As confirmation comes that horse meat, which was initially detected in frozen beef burgers, has now been discovered in beef ready meals, one is left wondering just how deep this issue goes.
Horse meat has been found in beef lasagne produced by French manufacturer Comigel on behalf of Findus UK, sparking fresh recalls from Tesco and Aldi.
McAdam Food Service, the Irish meat importer that ABP Foods claimed supplied it with horse meat-contaminated beef, has downplayed the possibility it is involved in the scandal.
ABP Food Group has implicated meat importer McAdam Food Service as the supplier responsible for providing it with ingredients contaminated with horse meat.
The UK's Food Standards Agency has said it will publish the results of tests for horse meat DNA to be carried out on beef burgers sold at UK retailers.
The horse-meat-in-burgers scandal rumbled on this week. Tesco, The Co-op and Aldi ended some contracts with the supplier at the centre of the affair and sought to reassure consumers of their efforts to improve food quality. Meanwhile, in Westminster, UK regulator The Food Standards Agency was in the spotlight. Dean Best reports on the issues that emerged from the regulator's appearance before MPs.
Aldi has become the latest retailer to drop Irish meat supplier Silvercrest Foods after tests found traces of horse DNA in its burgers.
UK retailer The Co-operative Group has become the second retailer to drop Irish meat supplier Silvercrest Foods after tests found traces of horse DNA in its burgers.
Tesco plans to introduce DNA tests on all its meat products in the wake of the horse meat scandal, an affair that has led the UK retailer to drop one of the suppliers at the centre of the contamination.
Ireland's agriculture minister has sought assurances from Poland's food safety authorities that beef burger filler supplied by Polish companies to Irish and UK processors will not again contain horse DNA.
Undeclared horse meat DNA has been found in Spanish burgers, a leading consumer organisation revealed today (29 January).
Filler ingredient from Poland is the source of horse DNA found in beef burgers on sale in the UK and Ireland, according to Irish agriculture officials.
The UK Food Standards Agency has admitted that it found traces of a cancer-causing drug in horse meat exported to Europe in 2012, but there is no link to the recent cases of horse DNA in burgers.
Some serious questions over the reliability of the supply chain were raised last week, when Irish food safety authorities detected the presence of undeclared horse and pig meat in burgers and ready meals.
Food safety officials in the Netherlands and Spain have joined the investigation into horse DNA in frozen beef burgers in the UK and Ireland, after new tests point to ingredients suppliers in Europe.
Irish food safety officials investigating how horse and pig DNA ended up in frozen beef burgers on sale in the UK and Ireland have pinpointed a European ingredients supplier as one possible source of the problem.
News of horse DNA in the economy beef burger ranges of some major retailers raises serious questions around corporate food governance, government monitoring and the implications for public confidence.
The discovery of horse meat in beefburgers sold by Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Dunnes Stores in the UK and Ireland has sent shock waves through the industry. While the retailers have been quick to pull affected products and launch investigations into how the horse meat made its way into the supply chain, it seems likely that the issue has the potential to undermine public confidence in prepared meat products.
The UK Food Standards Agency has called an emergency meeting of experts and industry over findings that some beef burgers contain traces of horse meat, as Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Iceland initiate recalls.
Tesco has recalled some ranges of burgers in Ireland and the UK after food safety officials reported finding traces of horse meat in samples on sale in its stores, as well as in other retailers' outlets.
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