4.8% equine DNA in Greencore sauce
Irish food group Greencore tonight said a sauce it produces for Asda contained 4.8% equine DNA.
A bolognese sauce produced by Irish food group Greencore for UK supermarket chain Asda contained 4.8 per cent equine DNA, according to test results released tonight.
The listed convenience food group, which saw its share price tumble by almost 10 per cent yesterday after being linked to the horse meat scandal, said it was going to carry out ?a thorough and comprehensive investigation? to determine how its supply chain had been compromised.
?Greencore only sources products from customer and Greencore approved suppliers, which are regularly audited, and insists that they in turn use approved suppliers,? the company said in a statement.
Packs of the Chosen By You 350g beef bolognese sauce were withdrawn by Asda on Thursday night.
Greencore said the sauce contained meat supplied by the ABP Food Group?s plant in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, bringing Larry Goodman?s group under the spotlight again. Last month a burger produced by its Silvercrest Foods plant in Monaghan was found to contain 29 per cent horse meat. The plant remains closed.
ABP said it had carried out a traceability study on the beef sent to Greencore to make the product and that it was satisfied the Nenagh plant was not the source.
On Thursday, Asda also withdrew a beef broth soup, a chilli con carne soup and a meat feast pasta sauce made by Greencore as a precaution. None were found to contain horse DNA.
Greencore Group plc has 23 convenience foods manufacturing sites in the UK and the US and employs about 11,000 people. Its chief executive is Patrick Coveney, brother of Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
Another affected company, Rangeland Foods, said yesterday it had decided to withdraw all untested produce containing meat of Polish origin, following the discovery three days ago of equine DNA in burgers it supplied to the British market last September. It said the horse DNA traces were found in a consignment of UK BG Rangeburgers, using EU beef from EU approved suppliers, last year.
Last week after consultation with the Department of Agriculture, Rangeland recommenced production at its Co Monaghan plant, using only Irish raw materials. In a statement yesterday, it said ?all produce manufactured by Rangeland use Irish-only meat and Rangeland has implemented a comprehensive DNA assessment of beef intake and products, and test every batch before release to the food chain, for any trace of equine DNA?.
In Britain, three men who were arrested by police investigating the horse meat mis-labelling scandal have been released on bail. Officials continued to examine evidence today from three more plants.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it had passed on evidence from two premises in Tottenham and one in Hull to Europol - the European Union?s law enforcement agency - after investigators, accompanied by police officers and local authority officials, removed meat samples for testing.