Horsemeat: Aldi pulls product

Aldi has pulled its meatloaf after the FSA contacted them to say horse DNA had been found as a result of testing.

According to an Aldi spokesman, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) alerted the company that a random sample of its Oakhurst Frozen Meatloaf was found to contain horsemeat.

The spokesman said: “We are surprised and deeply disappointed at this news. Our DNA testing, carried out last month in accordance with FSA guidance, also tested samples of this product and found it to be clear of horsemeat.

“The product is not part of our main range of everyday products and was stocked on a limited availability basis. However, we have immediately withdrawn any of the remaining stock from our stores.

“We will continue to test products and if we have any reason to believe the meat content is not correct, we will continue to act immediately in the interests of our customers. Customers can return the frozen meatloaf to their nearest Aldi for a full refund.”