Horsemeat scandal: Withdrawn products and test results

The discovery of horsemeat in beef products has led to a range of processed foods being withdrawn from sale across Europe.

Retailers and suppliers have been conducting tests to try to determine to what extent, if any, horsemeat is contained in their products labelled as beef.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says 5,430 tests have been carried out in the UK so far, with 44 tests showing the presence of horsemeat. As products were tested multiple times, the 44 positive results relate to 17 different products, including Findus beef lasagne, which yielded at least 15 positive results.

Meat products: UK withdrawals and test results

Company Withdrawn products: Test results and details
Due to horsemeat As a precaution/other

*Information as supplied by supermarkets

Tesco logo
  • Everyday value frozen burgers
  • Frozen quarter pounders
  • Tesco Everyday ValueSpaghetti Bolognese frozen
  • Flamehouse Frozen Chargrilled Quarter Pounders
  • Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf
  • 256 tests show no horsemeat
sainsbury's logo
  • Own-label frozen burgers withdrawn as a precaution, but subsequent tests showed they contained no horsemeat
  • 262 tests carried out. All show no horsemeat
Asda logo
  • Asda Beef Bolognese sauce, 350g
  • 4 frozen Chargrilled Beef Quarter Pounders, 454g
  • 4 frozen Beef Quarter Pounders with Cheese & Jalapenos, 454g
  • 8 frozen Smart Price Beef Burgers, 397g
  • 4 frozen Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounders 454g
  • Findus beef lasagne
  • A number of products have been withdrawn as a precaution. See the list here.
  • 491 tests on Asda own brand. The one positive result, the bolognese sauce, tested above the FSA's threshold for horsemeat
  • Own brand frozen 16 British beef meatballs after finding they contain traces of pork
  • 108 tests completed in total. All show no horsemeat
co-op logo
  • Four beef quarter pounders
  • Eight beef frozen burgers with onions
  • Findus beef lasagne
  • Flamehouse Beef Burgers 907g
  • Flamehouse Economy Beef Burgers 397g
  • Ross 4 Beef Quarter Pounders 454g
  • All tests have been completed. All show no horsemeat
  • Moordale frozen beef quarter pounders
  • Coquette Ravioli Bolognese
  • Coquette Premium Beef Goulash 500g
  • 43 tests carried out in total. All show no horsemeat
Iceland logo
  • Four pack quarter pounders
  • Four pack 100% beef quarter pounders
  • All own brand products tested show no horsemeat
  • Iceland says the testing method used previously "was not an accredited test" and "two subsequent tests of the same batch of burgers carried out by two accredited independent laboratories found no evidence of contamination"
Aldi logo
  • Frozen Oakhurst 100% beef quarter pounders
  • Frozen specially selected Aberdeen Angus quarter pounders
  • Frozen Oakhurst beef burgers
  • Today's special frozen beef lasagne
  • Today's special frozen spaghetti bolognese
  • Oakhurst Frozen Meatloaf
  • 179 tests completed in total. All show no horsemeat
  • Findus beef lasagne
  • Dalepak 4 Beef quarter pounders
  • Adams beef burger 8's
  • Ross 4 Beef quarter pounders
  • 246 tests on own-brand products. All show no horsemeat
Premier Inn Whitbread
  • Burgers supplied by Paragon
  • Beef lasagne supplied by Brakes Brothers
  • Sent 30 products to be tested
  • Horsemeat found in beef lasagne and burgers
  • Whitbread owns Premier Inn hotels, Brewers Fayre pubs, Table Table pubs and Beefeater restaurants
Compass Group logo
  • Beefburgers supplied by Rangeland Foods
  • Horsemeat found in burgers supplied to 13 sites in Ireland and 27 in Northern Ireland, including two secondary schools
Birds Eye logo
  • Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese 340g
  • Beef Lasagne 400g
  • After horsemeat found in a chilli con carne dish sold in Belgium, spaghetti bolognese, shepherd's pie and lasagne ready meals from the same supplier withdrawn as a precaution
  • Tests showed Spaghetti Bolognese and Beef Lasagne products on sale in UK and Ireland did contain horse DNA. No other products have tested positive for horse DNA
Taco Bell logo
  • Ground beef
  • Batches of ground beef found to have horsemeat
  • Frozen MQ 100% Aberdeen Angus Beef Burgers 12 6oz
  • A number of products have been withdrawn as a precaution. See the list here.
Burger Manufacturing Company

Burger Manufacturing Company

  • A range of beef products
  • Testing carried out by Powys County Council showed that three samples of beef burger products tested positive for at least 1% horse meat
  • Separate tests confirmed horse meat in a burger supplied to a retailer in Gwynedd.
  • Frozen mince product and burgers

All frozen beef products withdrawn and removed from catering sites operated by Sodexo.

  • Sodexo supplies food to schools, care homes and the armed forces. Affected products traced to 8 locations - 0.35% of firm's sites
King Fry
  • Burgers for catering outlets
  • Tests confirmed horse meat in a burger supplied to a Walsall fast food outlet

Hungarian Food Ltd

  • 1kg bags labelled as "diced beef'"
  • Lancashire County Council found 100kg of horse meat imported from Hungary labelled as beef. Forty kilos of meat were sold through Hungarian Food Ltd's market stall in Preston and a Liverpool shop called Taste of Hungary. The remaining meat has been withdrawn from sale.

Meat products: Withdrawals in Europe

Supplier Country Withdrawn product(s) Reason
Nestle logo
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France
  • Buitoni Beef Ravioli withdrawn in Spain and Italy
  • Beef Tortellini withdrawn in Spain and Italy
  • Lasagne a la bolognaise gourmandes withdrawn in France
  • All three products tested positive for horsemeat above 1%
Real supermarket logo
  • Germany
  • TiP frozen lasagne
  • Horsemeat was detected, leading the Real supermarket chain to withdraw the frozen lasagnes
  • Other German supermarkets began testing beef products after the discovery
Birds Eye logo
  • Belgium
  • Chilli con carne ready meal
  • Tests found 2% of horse DNA
Ikea logo
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • France
  • UK
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • One batch of frozen Swedish meatballs
  • Wiener sausages
  • Food inspectors in the Czech Republic found horsemeat in meatballs made in Sweden for the furniture store. The meatballs had been labelled as beef and pork and were tested after being imported
  • Tests on the sausages found traces of horsemeat

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