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September 05, 2019 - Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Contaminated meat: Tests find supermarket products contain DNA from animals not on the label

Contaminated meat: Tests find supermarket products contain DNA from animals not on the label
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Figures released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in response to a Freedom of Information request show that spot checks are finding four cases a week in which meat is being sold illegally under false pretences.

Tests in the first eight months of 2017 found 145 cases where products advertised as meats such as pork, beef or lamb contained unspecified meats, often a composite of multiple species. Mislabelling was discovered at all stages of the production process, including farms, slaughter houses, retailers and restaurants. In 37 cases, the species specified on the label was not found in the product at all.

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