Horse Meat Found in Budget Burgers Was 'Supplied by Polish Firm'
Hickman, Martin, The Independent (London, England)
A Polish company was to blame for supplying horse meat which caused the burger scandal across the British Isles, according to an investigation by the Irish government.
Ten million beefburgers were removed from sale in the UK and Ireland earlier this month after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) discovered horse and pig DNA.
One Tesco burger contained 29 per cent horse, relative to the labelled beef content. Two companies in Ireland, Silvercrest and Liffey Meats, and Dalepak Hambleton in North Yorkshire were making the burgers.
Initially the FSAI said that equine DNA had been found in raw ingredients from Spain and the Netherlands and Ireland's Agriculture and Food Minister, Simon Coveney, said the horse "seems to have" originated from imports from those countries. However on Saturday night, the Irish Government instead pointed the finger of blame at Poland. Mr Coveney confirmed that horse DNA had been detected in meat imported by Silvercrest from "another [EU] member state".
Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine described the substance in which the horse meat had been found as "raw material".
In a statement, it said: "While earlier results had shown trace levels of equine DNA in imported raw materials, the latest results showed significant levels of equine DNA (4.1 per cent) in raw material which was used in the manufacture of burgers which the department found yesterday to contain significant amounts of equine DNA. …