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Further test results from samples taken by Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards officers on processed beef products have been reported.
The council was one of 28 local authorities selected by the Food Standards Agency to take samples for testing for the presence of horse meat in products being sold at / distributed from retail outlets such as takeaways, mobile takeaways and supermarkets.
The tests were carried out in two batches – a batch of eight samples, all of which have returned negative for horse meat, and then a further batch of five.
The latest results, from the second batch of five samples, have reported negative for horse or pork meat, which were not listed on the label / product description.
Further test results on two samples from the first batch of eight, which had tested positive for the presence of pork, were also reported.
The Public Analyst has found a small trace of pork (less than 0.1 per cent) in both samples which were beef burgers and chopped and shaped beef.
David Bull, Head of Leicestershire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, said: “Consumers can be reassured that no horse meat was found in any of these 13 samples we have taken and had tested.
“However a small trace of pork was found in two of the samples which were not listed on the product label or description.
“This is obviously a concern for some consumers. We will be contacting the suppliers of these two products to advise them of the test results. The suppliers will need to decide what action to take with regard to products that may currently be in the supply chain.”
The Trading Standards Service will now investigate the reasons why these products described as beef contain a small trace amount of pork and whether any labelling or descriptions used amounts to a criminal offence.