Horsemeat scandal: Cheltenham Racecourse confirm that horses fatally injured at Prestbury Park do not enter the food chain.
HORSES fatally injured at Prestbury Park do not enter the food chain, racecourse bosses insisted after allegations an abattoir took carcasses from the Grand National.
It comes as the horsemeat scandal saw more meat being taken off the shelves in supermarkets across the country.
Andy Clifton, communications manager at the racecourse, said systems were in place to ensure the same did not happen from Cheltenham.
He added: "The situation here is that if a horse is put down at the racecourse the owner has the option of arranging for the horse to be removed themselves, which hardly ever happens. In all other circumstances the horse is removed by a licenced carcass disposal service and there is no chance of any horse getting into the food chain."
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One Gloucestershire horse that died after last year's Grand National was Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised. But devastated Gloucestershire trainer Jonjo O'Neill made sure the horse was buried at his stables, Jackdaws Castle, in Temple Guiting.
Asda announced this week that it was taking its Chosen By You 350g Beef Bolognese Sauce off the shelf, following the detection of traces of equine DNA.
The sauce was supplied by the Greencore Group based in Bristol, but which has a site in Evesham. The company has seen its shares plummet by around 12 per cent since it was embroiled in the scandal.
A company statement said: "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.
"Greencore is 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."