Horse meat burgers: Wholesaler withdraws number of frozen beef products from sale

By Peter Ruddick

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Horse meat burgers: As a precautionary measure, wholesaler Makro, which supplies pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, has withdrawn a number of burgers from sale
Horse meat burgers: As a precautionary measure, wholesaler Makro, which supplies pubs, restaurants and other hospitality businesses, has withdrawn a number of burgers from sale
In the wake of the growing scandal surrounding the sale by supermarkets of beef burgers containing traces of horse meat, catering wholesaler Makro has revealed it has withdrawn a number of products as a precautionary measure.

A statement on the Manchester-based company's website​ confirmed it has removed 16 frozen beef burger products from sale including the 'Silvercrest 100% Steak Burger'.

"Makro takes food quality extremely seriously and works closely with suppliers to ensure its products are of the highest quality. We have, as a precautionary measure, removed from sale a small number of frozen beef burger products manufactured by suppliers currently under investigation for food quality issues," the statement reads.

DNA test results, carried out by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, found traces of horse meat in a number of products supplied by three companies - Liffey Meats and two firms owned by the ABP Food Group - Silvercrest Foods and Dalepak Hambleton. The group has announced it will be introducing new DNA testing following the results.

The products on sale posed no risk to public health.

Today a Government minister has confirmed the scandal could result in legal action. 

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