Tesco ‘paid more attention to misshaped fruit’ than horse meat burgers
By Laurence Gibbons
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Tesco applied such stringent quality controls to “misshapen fruit” that it was “extraordinary” it didn’t know its value burgers contained 29% horse meat, a leading MP has claimed.
Speaking at a meeting of the cross-party Environment, Food and Rural affairs committeeLabour’s Barry Gardiner told Tesco technical director, Tim Smith “As a Company you are notorious for sending misshapen apples or pears back to farmers, yet you didn’t pick up on the fact that your burgers had 29% horse meat. Surely this is a thing of extraordinary proportions?”
Smith stated Tesco spend between £3.5M and £4M a year on 22,000 surveillance tests and 1,200 audits and that the real issue was that ABP Foods had used an unapproved supplier in Poland, which had supplied the horsemeat.