UAE retailer DNA-testing frozen meat for horsemeat

Supermarket chain Spinney’s has taken the precautionary step following the food fraud scandal that has rocked countries across Europe. Spinney’s said it is 100 per cent confident that its frozen meat products will get the all-clear as it does not take products from any of the companies implicated in the horsemeat crisis.

Colette Shannon, communications manager at Spinney’s, said Dubai Municipality has approved all of their products – but that the DNA testing of frozen meat foods was “an extra precaution”.

“The results of the DNA testing take up to two weeks,” she said. “We value food safety and quality of the highest standards. Food safety is paramount.”

In line with UAE regulations, all of the firm’s meat products are halal. Shannon added that Spinney’s fresh food products were “100 per cent traceable to family farms in Australia and New Zealand”.

The UK’s Food and Standards Agency (FSA) on Wednesday said an inquiry into the horsemeat scandal would be “relentless”, as a slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire, England and a meat firm in Wales were raided by officials.

A statement released by the UK government said it would be “totally unacceptable” if UK businesses were cheating the public by labelling horsemeat as beef.
The crisis began last month when Irish authorities discovered horsemeat in some burgers stocked by a number of UK supermarket chains. The horsemeat has been found both in branded and supermarket-own ready meals, including burgers, lasagna and spaghetti bolognese.

In news that disgusted the UK public, some products of Findus frozen beef lasagne, made by a French food processing company, were also found to have up to 100 per cent horsemeat in them.

Major retailers in the UK including Tesco, the Co-op, Lidl, Icleand and Aldi have all had products test positive for equine DNA.

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UAE retailer DNA-testing frozen meat for horsemeat

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