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Horse DNA found in hamburgers

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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Horsemeat found in hamburgers in Britain and Ireland

By Jethro Mullen, CNN
updated 8:20 PM EST, Wed January 16, 2013

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Irish Food Safety Authority finds horse DNA in 10 out of 27 burgers it tested
  • The hamburgers are on sale in supermarkets in Ireland and Britain
  • The agency finds 29% of a burger from Tesco to be made of horsemeat
  • Tesco says it has withdrawn from sale all products from the supplier in question

(CNN) -- The discovery of horse DNA in hamburgers on sale at supermarkets in Ireland and Britain is testing the appetite of meat lovers there.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said Tuesday that 10 out of 27 hamburger products it analyzed in a study were found to contain horse DNA, and 23 of them tested positive for pig DNA.

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The horse-tainted burgers, on sale at several different supermarket chains, came from two meat processing plants in Ireland and one in Britain, the Irish authority said.

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"This raises concerns in relation to the traceability of meat ingredients and products entering the food chain," it said, but noted that the findings posed no risk to public health.

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In nine out of the 10 burger samples, the horse DNA was found at very low levels, the authority said, but in one sample from Tesco, Britain's largest retailer, the horsemeat accounted for about 29% of the burger.

Tesco responded by pulling from its shelves all products from the company that had supplied the dubious burgers.

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"We understand that many of our customers will be concerned by this news, and we apologize sincerely for any distress," Tesco said.

The retailer is working with Irish and British authorities and the supplier to work out what had happened, it said.

Alan Reilly, the chief executive of the Irish food authority, said there was a "plausible explanation" for the pig meat finding its way into the burgers, since meat from different animals is processed at the same plants. But he said there was "no clear explanation at this time" for the presence of the horsemeat.

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"In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger," Reilly said. "Likewise, for some religious groups or people who abstain from eating pig meat, the presence of traces of pig DNA is unacceptable."

Many British and Irish people expressed their distaste over the revelations on social media.

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Some Twitter users said they weren't surprised to hear about the questionable origins of the burgers, while others debated the ethics of eating horsemeat.

And then there were those who saw an opportunity for attempts at humor.

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LilliesValley
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Well that would be a little surprisingly! LOL! Not sure why the pig meat would be on it, that wouldnt make it cheaper, but the horse meat would. Maybe the pig is for fat content? I would expect it from a fast food place before a grocery store though. If I'm understanding what Tesco is, I'm from the US, so...
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maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

 

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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she_walk_softly
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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I saved this girl from auction , she could of been a cheeseburger !  

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Not sure what the big deal is.

Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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Beautiful!

Quoting she_walk_softly:

I saved this girl from auction , she could of been a cheeseburger !  

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Mystres
by Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I <3 Horses, I <3 dogs, pigs, cats, ghoats ect... I grew up with all kids of different pets.

But I would not care.  Meat is meat. 

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I am wondering if machinery wasn't cleaned well enough between processing meat. So they made ground horse and then made the ground beef right afterwards?

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

That was my first thought...until I read the part that said it tested 29% horse meat....that is not from bad cleaning...that is filler.

Quoting smalltowngal:

I am wondering if machinery wasn't cleaned well enough between processing meat. So they made ground horse and then made the ground beef right afterwards?


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

In parts of the world it is common to eat horse meat. My first thought it France. In fact, I am pretty sure I ate a horse meat steak in Paris once...Steak was the daily special and it sure didn't taste like beef.

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