Waitrose remove burgers as Gloucestershire food wholesaler says horse meat tests are ongoing
As Waitrose becomes the latest supermarket to get caught up in the horse meat scandal, a Gloucestershire foodservice provider says tests are ongoing.
The supermarket giant has removed all frozen Dalepak burgers from its shelves as a "precaution" amid the ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile, Creed Foodservice, a wholesaler to caterers across the country, based in Staverton, say while there has been no evidence of horse meat in any of their products, tests are ongoing.
A spokesman said: "Since the original occurrence of the presence of non-bovine DNA in meat products highlighted in January 2013, Creed Foodservice have had assurances from all our suppliers of Country Range own brand meat products that there is no presence of non-bovine DNA in beef products. This has included both traceability exercises and some product testing.
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"Given the situation that has arisen more recently in February with certain products having a very high level of equine DNA in beef products, Creed Foodservice, through its membership of the Country Range group has aligned itself with the requirements of the Food Standards Agency to ensure the authenticity and legality of our products in this respect.
"Going forward Creed Foodservice through its membership of the Country Range group will be testing all relevant products for the presence of non-bovine DNA to ensure that they continue to meet legal requirements and our own high standards.
"Country Range and Creed Foodservice have also written to all of our branded suppliers who supply products containing meat, requesting assurances/verification that the products they supply both conforms to product specifications and does not contain traces of non-approved meat DNA."