Horsemeat product "likely" to have been at Truro Home Bargains
TRURO’S Home Bargains store is “likely” to have stocked the beef product found to contain horsemeat which was pulled by the chain.
A spokesperson from T J Morris Ltd, who runs Home Bargains, said it is impossible to say which shops had stocked the Food Hall Sliced Beef in Gravy which was found to contain equine DNA but confirmed it was likely the Threemilestone-based shop had done so.
The Food Standards Agency revealed the figures yesterday after routine testing was carried out by Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers.
The product has since been pulled from the shelves across the country.
A spokesperson for TJ Morris Ltd, said: “We are disappointed with these findings. The factory, we and other retailers use for this product, has the highest level of UK food standards accreditation (British Retail Consortium Grade A).
“As soon as we were made aware that the Food Standards Agency had found traces of horse meat DNA in the Food Hall Sliced Beef in Gravy, it was removed from sale immediately.
“The affected batch was tested and the results indicated that a diminutive amount of horse DNA was present in the product – between one and five per cent was found to be included.
“The FSA’s findings relate to just one batch of the product, which was produced in January 2013 – before horsemeat was found in a number of UK products. We have since had other batches of the same product tested, which were found to contain no traces of horsemeat.
“We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that our quality control is of the highest standard and extremely thorough. We are already liaising with this supplier to ensure that an even more robust process is in place moving forward.”