Greencore confirms horsemeat DNA in Asda product

Food manufacturer Greencore confirmed on Saturday (16 February) that one of the products it supplied to Asda contained 4.8% horse DNA.

Meat supplier ABP Food Group was confirmed to be the provider of the meat, which was used in Asda’s Chosen By You 350g Bolognese Sauce, manufactured at its Bristol facility.

Greencore confirmed in a statement today that all of its other test results and its customers’ test results, were negative for horse DNA.

The company added: “Since the issue has arisen, Greencore has been in constant dialogue with its customers who are supportive of our response. Specifically, Greencore can confirm it has received assurance from Asda that it remains supportive of Greencore and the steps it is taking with regards to this matter.
“With regards to the Bristol facility, Greencore and its customers have tested a range of meat and non-meat products at the facility and all results have tested negative. However, as a precautionary measure, Greencore completed a full deep-clean shutdown of its Bristol facility over the weekend before restarting full production today.”
Greecore also said that it was to implement “additional species screening procedures” in its supply chain for beef-related ingredients. It said whatever actions were necessary would be taken to protect the supply chain going forward.