The Food Standards Agency (“FSA”) has published its fourth quarterly report of industry results from the testing of meat products for horse meat or horse DNA, as part of the ongoing saga of the horse meat scandal. The latest round of industry and EU testing published by the FSA on 22 July 2014, found no horse meat DNA in meat at or above the 1% reporting threshold.
These figures include all test results submitted since the compilation of the third report, published in January 2014. No new positive results have been reported since the first quarterly report in June 2013, when 47 positive samples were initially detected.
In addition to the industry testing, the UK also participated in a second round of EU-wide testing for undeclared horse meat in processed beef products. Samples were taken from a wide range of sources, from local butchers and supermarkets to prisons and hospitals, in addition to including mass catering suppliers.
The latest round of 150 samples were taken by 24 Local Authorities and found no traces of horse meat. A small number of composition/labelling issues were detected in relation to presence of other meats. Local Authority enforcement officers are said to be taking action to address non-compliance in all these cases. A range of processed beef products were also tested for undeclared horse meat as part of this EU-wide survey requested by the European Commission. These included ready meals containing beef, canned beef products, beef sausages, beef burgers, minced beef and beef meat balls.
The full reports are available from the FSA website and can be viewed at http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/ news/2014/jul/horse-meat#.U9JhOJDTXcs.