Advice for consumers
The Agency is currently investigating how a number of beef products sold in the UK came to contain horse DNA. As part of the investigation, we have ordered food businesses to test their beef products. Whenever horse meat has been found at levels above 1%, we have insisted that it be tested for the drug phenylbutazone (bute).
Throughout this incident we have continued to put consumer interests first. That means that we provide the name of the retailer, restaurant or catering supplier where contamination has been identified so that the public know if they've been affected and can take action if they still have an affected product.
While we also ask the named business to give us information on any suppliers and manufacturers they use, so that we can then trace back to where a problem occurred, we do not publish this information as it may hinder the enquiry and our ability to identify how the problem occurred.
Below is a list of products that have been found to contain horse meat above the 1% level. In all these cases the affected product has either never been put on sale or was withdrawn from sale once horse meat was detected. That means that the affected products are no longer on sale in a shop, or being served in a canteen or restaurant.
Some of the companies listed have advised us that they have since sourced meat from a new supplier, and that where these products are being sold now, they have been tested and do not contain horse meat.
If however, you still have one of these products bought previously in your freezer and are concerned about eating horse meat, you may wish to contact the shop where you bought it.
In the table below, we have also indicated the progress of testing for bute. Further information on bute can be found below the table. Our advice is not to eat a product if the bute testing is still in progress or bute has been found in it.
Products found to contain horse meat above 1%
The table will be updated as results come in.
|Company||Products that tested positive for horse DNA||Bute test status||Bute test results|
|Aldi||Today's special frozen beef lasagne||Completed||Negative|
|Today's special frozen spaghetti bolognese||Completed||Negative|
|Asda**||Chilled beef bolognese sauce||Completed||Negative|
|Lean beef mince, 454g (frozen)||Completed||Negative|
|Smart Price corned beef 340g||Completed||Positive|
|Bird's eye||Traditional spaghetti bolognese||Completed||Negative|
|Brakes||Brakes spicy minced beef skewer||Completed||Negative|
|The Burger Manufacturing Company*||Burger||Completed||Negative|
|The Co-operative||Frozen: 4 Beef Quarter Pounder Burgers||Completed||Negative|
|Findus||Findus Beef Lasagne, 320g, 360g, 500g||Completed||Negative|
|Hungarian Food Ltd||Kockázott Marhaús, 1.010kg (frozen diced beef)||In progress||Awaiting results|
|IKEA||Frozen Swedish Food Market Meatballs||Completed||Negative|
|King Fry Meat Products Ltd||Beef burger||Completed||Negative|
|Makro||Frozen MQ 100% Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers 12 6oz||Completed||Negative|
|Oak Farm Foods||Oak Farm Cottage Pie||In progress||Awaiting results|
|Rangeland||Range of burger products||Completed||Negative|
Halal minced beef
|Taco Bell||Ground beef||Completed||Negative|
|Tesco||Everyday Value Frozen Burgers||Completed||Negative|
|Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognaise||Completed||Negative|
|Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf, 600g||Completed||Negative|
|Whitbread Group PLC||Lasagne product
Beef burger product
*The Burger Manufacturing Company was previously removed from this list after results on a first product were confirmed at less than 1%. However, they have been added back to the list after separate tests on a different sample were confirmed as positive for horse DNA above the reporting threshold.
** Asda Chosen By You corned beef has been removed from this table. The FSA was advised that the product contained horse DNA after the company carried out its own tests. Asda later confirmed that the level of horse DNA was below the 1% reporting threshold.
More about bute
Bute was banned from most medical uses in humans after it was found that about 1 person in 30,000 recipients suffered a serious side effect. Of the bute levels reported in previous FSA testing of contaminated meat, the maximum level we found would have to be multiplied 1,000 times to be at the same level as that which used to be given to humans. This suggests that even if you have eaten products that contain horse meat contaminated with bute, the risk of damage to your health is very low.