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Tesco withdraws own-brand meatloaf after finding 5% horsemeat

The meatloaf was manufactured at Eurostock in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf 600g.
Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf 600g.
Image: Tesco

TESCO SIMPLY ROAST Meatloaf 600g has been withdrawn from sale in the UK after it was found to contain between 2 per cent and 5 per cent horsemeat.

The meatloaf was manufactured between October 2012 and January 2013 at Eurostock in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. Tests on 15 other lines from the same manufacturing site were clear of horsemeat.

A statement from the supermarket giant said they would investigate the issue further before deciding whether to continue using the supplier.

“As part of our new DNA testing programme we have now tested more than 500 products identified as being most at risk of containing horsemeat. This is the fourth Tesco-branded product to have tested positive,” said Tim J Smith, Tesco Group Technical Director.

Traces of horse DNA was also found in Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, Tesco 4 x Frozen Beef Quarter Pounders (454g) and Tesco Everyday Value 8 x Frozen Beef Burgers (397g).

A list of the food tested can be seen on the Tesco website.

Read: Tesco say their products are free from horsemeat >

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