March 2013
Greencore confirmed on 16 February that it had been informed by Asda that the results of a quantitative test on Asda’s Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce, manufactured at Greencore’s Bristol facility, had shown above trace levels (4.8%) of equine DNA. Asda withdrew the product pending further investigation and testing in accordance with Food Standards Agency (‘FSA’) guidance.

Greencore can now confirm that multiple further tests for the presence of equine DNA on the same batch of the same product using both screening and quantitative tests (in line with FSA testing protocols) at two different, independent accredited laboratories have all produced negative results. Asda have confirmed to Greencore that they are reassured by the outcomes of this comprehensive testing programme and by the implications for its supply chain.

More broadly, an extensive programme of testing of other finished product and raw material at the Bristol facility has produced negative results for the presence of equine DNA. The investigation of the overall incident, overseen by an independent expert, has now been completed. It included an audit of ABP Food Group's plant in Nenagh, Ireland, which supplied the meat in the sauce as stated in the announcement of 14 February. This investigation has found no evidence of contamination in the supply chain.

Notwithstanding the findings of this investigation, and as announced on 18 February, Greencore has now implemented additional species screening procedures throughout its supply chain for beef-related ingredients going into all Greencore facilities.

Greencore is continuing to work with all customers and suppliers to complete the current intensive phase of testing as soon as possible and to validate and reinforce the supply chain. The company will provide any further updates on its website as appropriate.

 

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