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Sodexo withdraws beef products

Sodexo withdraws beef products
Catering firm Sodexo has withdrawn all frozen beef products from 2,300 outlets after horsemeat was found during tests of its products.

The French firm - which supplies the Armed Forces and a number of hospitals and schools - said it has launched an internal investigation "to understand how this regrettable situation arose".

"Despite repeated guarantees from our suppliers, our sampling has identified a frozen beef product which tested positive for equine DNA," Sodexo said in a statement. "This situation is totally unacceptable."

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said it was "deeply worrying" that the firm had taken several weeks to discover horse meat in its products.

"Councils, schools and hospitals must have total confidence in their meat suppliers - and the Government's advice that they should simply ask big catering companies for reassurance is totally ineffective," she said.

But further test results released by the Food Standards Agency have shown 99% of tested food products are free of horsemeat.

Director of Operations at the FSA, Andrew Rhodes, said the results show the crisis was "contained" and played down fears of a widespread problem in the industry.

 

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