Beef (along with Pork and Horse) is What’s for Dinner! Hamburgers in the United Kingdom Test Positive for Pig DNA and Horse DNA

Burgers sold in Tesco department stores in the United Kingdom tested positive for pork and equine DNA when a Food Service Authority of Ireland examination of the products revealed some contained as much as 29% horse meat. Everything from cottage pie to beef curries, were affected with the products being sold in Tesco stores in Ireland, Iceland and the United Kingdom and in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi elsewhere.

Whilst, there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horsemeat in their production process.

Alan Reilly, Chief Executive Office of the Food Service Administration of Ireland