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29 May 2016 | Online since 2003
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FSA confirms new European horse meat tests


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed details of a new round of tests of beef products for horse meat contamination. The tests have been requested by the European Commission as part of the follow-up to last year’s horse meat incident where a number of beef products sold across Europe were found to have been deliberately adulterated with horse meat.
The testing is not based on any new intelligence about food fraud but has been requested as part of the on-going work to ensure the problems discovered last year do not reoccur.
Since last year, local authorities in the UK have been testing beef products for horse meat as part of their routine sampling programmes. The UK food industry has also been testing beef products and submitting quarterly results to the FSA. The new round of European testing is in addition to both of these strands of on-going work.
All member states have been asked to submit test results. The UK will collect and test 150 samples of beef products. These will include raw beef products such as mince, burgers and sausages. Cooked ready meals including canned products will also be tested.
The samples will be taken by 24 local authorities across all UK countries from retail outlets, wholesale catering suppliers, and cold stores. Testing will be carried out by the local authorities and funded by the FSA. The sampling protocol is available on the link below.
Any samples testing positive for horse meat contamination above the 1% reporting level set for the EU-wide study will be announced following laboratory confirmation. Action will be taken to withdraw the affected product from sale. All test results will be submitted to the European Commission by July 2014.
Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the FSA, said: 'We remain vigilant about the threats to our food supply from fraudsters and determined that we do not see a repeat of the problems that emerged last year. We are working closely with local authorities to do more authenticity testing and we have increased the additional funding we provide to support this to £2m this year.
'This new round of EU testing should give additional reassurance to consumers across Europe that the food chain is being checked for potential problems.
'As well as additional testing we continue to learn lessons from last year’s incident. We asked Professor Pat Troop to review the FSA’s response to the horse meat incident and are currently working on her recommendations to improve our intelligence gathering and review the way we respond to incidents. The Government also asked Professor Chris Elliott to review the integrity of the UK food supply networks. Professor Elliott’s interim report is currently being discussed with interested parties and we await his final report.'

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