Horse DNA has been detected in canned beef from Romania being sold in Britain.
The batch in question has been withdrawn from sale, Britain’s Food Standards Agency said.
The canned beef was manufactured in Romania in January 2013 and was supplied to Home Bargains (TJ Morris Ltd) and Quality Save stores in Britain. The 320-gram packs are described on the label as “Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy”.
The presence of horse DNA in the product was identified during routine testing carried out by Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers.
The product was found to contain horse DNA at a level of between 1 percent and 5 percent. It tested negative for the presence of the anti-inflammatory drug, phenylbutazone, or bute, which is banned from entering the food chain.
The affected batch has been withdrawn from sale.
The agency said anyone with the product stored in their pantry should return it to the store where it was purchased. The affected batch has a “best before” date of January 2016 and a batch code of 13.04.C.
The agency said horse meat ws not identified in the ingredients list and therefore should not have been present in the product.