Traces of horse DNA prompts Asda to pull products from shelves

Traces of horse DNA have been detected in an Asda beef bolognese sauce, it was confirmed last night.

According to Greencore, which is an international producer of convenience foods, preliminary tests detected “traces of hore DNA in Asda’s Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese sauce”, which is supplied by Greencore.

It was confirmed that the meat was supplied by the ABP Food Group – from its Nenagh plant in County Tipperary, Ireland. However, Greecore said ABP is an approved and regularly audited supplier and is working closely with Greencore to determine the full facts of the case.

Asda has taken the product from its shelves along with three other products made by Greencore, which it did as a “precautionary measure”. Greencore said: “Clearly this will negatively affect sentiment but until the extent of any contamination is confirmed it is difficult to quantify the impact of the recall on Greencore although at this stage we would not expect it to be material.”

The sauce was manufactured at Greencore’s Bristol Soup and Sauce factory, which generates £40m in annual revenue. Greencore added: “Despite delivering negative test results, Asda has decided to recall three other products manufactured by Greencore as a precautionary measure. These products are a 600g Beef Broth soup, 500g Meat Feast Pasta sauce and 400g Chilli Con Carne soup.”