Third update on investigation into horse and pig DNA in beef products

Last updated:
25 January 2013
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today received the results of tests conducted on samples taken from the Dalepak plant by North Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Dalepak is one of the plants that was named by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland as having supplied beefburgers 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 these samples.

Investigations continue into the origin of the horse and pork DNA detected in some Dalepak products produced in 2012. This is part of the four-point action plan published in our 16 January update, which can be found via the link to the right.