Samples taken from a meat-processing plant in England involved in inquiries after horse DNA was found in beef burgers have tested clear, authorities report.
Britain’s Food Standards Agency said it had received the results of tests conducted on samples taken from the Dalepak plant by North Yorkshire Trading Standards.
Dalepak was one of three plants named by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland as having supplied beef burgers to retailers that contained traces of horse and pork DNA.
North Yorkshire Trading Standards focused on the burger product lines implicated in the survey carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
They took seven samples, comprising all the meat being used currently in the production of these lines. Neither horse nor pork DNA was detected in any of the samples.
Investigations continue into the origin of the horse and pork DNA detected in some Dalepak products produced in 2012, the agency said.
Inquiries are continuing in Ireland and Britain to trace the source of the reported contamination. Reports to date suggest that a continental-based supplier of ingredients that went into the burgers may have been responsible for introducing the horse DNA.