Test results update on Co-operative own-brand minced beef products

15 February 2013

Below is a response from The Co-operative Group.

The latest results of further independent tests, commissioned by The Co-operative Group, have been announced today (Friday 15 February 2013), and have proven negative for horse DNA in all of the 76 (out of the 102 own-brand minced beef products sent for testing) (75%) received back so far.
A spokesperson for The Co-operative said: “We have commissioned stringent ongoing independent testing on our own-brand products containing minced beef, as agreed with the Food Standards Agency. 
“Today’s results have shown that, so far, no products in the current batch of those being tested have been found to contain horse DNA.
“Our tests are still ongoing and we continue to work with both the FSA and the British Retail Consortium, and expect to issue further updates in the next few days.”

Contact Information:

Adele Mandy
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07713 314 894
Email: adele.mandy@co-operative.coop