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Check ingredients says meat processors’ group as horse fears spread

By Mike Stones , 08-Feb-2013

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has urged its members to review their meat sourcing policy, after Findus lasagne was revealed to contain up to 100% horse meat.

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has urged its members to review their meat sourcing policy, after Findus lasagne was revealed to contain up to 100% horse meat.

“The BMPA has urged its members to be vigilant, and to review their raw material and ingredients sourcing procedures in order to ensure that they meet their responsibilities to produce safe food and to describe and label their products accurately,” it advised in a statement.

‘Gross adulteration’

The association said it was important to distinguish between gross adulteration of products − which may involve illegal behaviour − and cases where DNA tests detect low trace levels of “unintended material”, it added.

Last night (February 7) the Food Standards Agency (FSA) demanded that all food businesses test all beef products . Speaking on the BBC Radio programme Today, FSA boss Catherine Brown said: “Every food business should test every product line to reassure us there is no horse in these products.”

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