14 FEBRUARY: GREENCORE STATEMENT RE ASDA PRODUCT WITHDRAWAL
February 201314 February 2013
Greencore can confirm that it supplied the Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce that Asda has withdrawn following the detection of traces of equine DNA in a screening test. The company is currently awaiting the results of further quantitative tests that will validate the presence and the extent of the equine DNA.
The sauce contained meat that was supplied to Greencore under contract by the ABP Food Group's Nenagh plant in County Tipperary, Ireland, an approved and regularly audited supplier. The company is working closely with them to determine the full facts as we await the results of the further tests.
In addition, Asda has withdrawn three other Greencore products, none of which contain equine DNA, as a precautionary measure:
600g Beef Broth Soup
500g Meat Feast Pasta Sauce
400g Chilli Con Carne Soup
Greencore is committed to maintaining the highest standards of food safety and food traceability, and is therefore extremely concerned that the quality of one of its products may have been compromised in this way. The company is participating in full with the intensive industry testing programme to examine the full supply chain in order to restore consumer confidence.