Burgers withdrawn after horse meat found on sale in Oxford

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has apologised after burgers that were withdrawn after the horse meat scandal were found on the shelves at an Oxford store.

The company’s ‘free from’ frozen beef quarter pounders - which had been withdrawn as a precaution - were being sold at Tesco in Cowley.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Whilst this product was not implicated in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland investigation, and was withdrawn as a precaution, we are urgently investigating how this product came to be on a shelf in store.”

She added: “We sincerely apologise for this, and we have spoken to the store to ensure that this does not happen again.”

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11:40am Fri 25 Jan 13

iklhik says...

Just lost my job as a shelf stacker at Tesco, when the packet of frozen burgers I threw at Dave hit the store manager on the head.

Seems they have a zero tolerance policy on horse play.
Just lost my job as a shelf stacker at Tesco, when the packet of frozen burgers I threw at Dave hit the store manager on the head. Seems they have a zero tolerance policy on horse play. iklhik
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12:44pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse.

Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?
The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse. Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat? Andrew:Oxford
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12:49pm Fri 25 Jan 13

bart-on simpson says...

Pigeon pasties at Headington's Greggs start soon, allegedly, and I am sure will be great, undoubtedly, and I am sure a horse meat pasty would quickly gain a market, just like all these people going for fish and chips and finding the fish is very nice pollock etc
Pigeon pasties at Headington's Greggs start soon, allegedly, and I am sure will be great, undoubtedly, and I am sure a horse meat pasty would quickly gain a market, just like all these people going for fish and chips and finding the fish is very nice pollock etc bart-on simpson
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12:59pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse.

Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?
A non story really, Tesco withdraw perfectly safe and correctly labeled burgers from sale with no foreign DNA, but a few are left on the shelf. With the cheap burgers that did carry Horse DNA, they also carried twice the amount, on average, of Pork DNA, yet nobody was worried about that. I heard the interview on Radio Oxford this morning.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse. Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?[/p][/quote]A non story really, Tesco withdraw perfectly safe and correctly labeled burgers from sale with no foreign DNA, but a few are left on the shelf. With the cheap burgers that did carry Horse DNA, they also carried twice the amount, on average, of Pork DNA, yet nobody was worried about that. I heard the interview on Radio Oxford this morning. Grunden Skip
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1:02pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Patrick in Devon says...

It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?
It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it? Patrick in Devon
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1:26pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Patrick in Devon wrote:
It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?
Everything is a chemical one way or another and if you're going to kill something to eat it - it's can't be a bad thing to make absolute use of the whole carcase. Some envelope glue is still made from rendered hooves...

Somebody must be enjoying the expensive cuts from the carcase though...
[quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?[/p][/quote]Everything is a chemical one way or another and if you're going to kill something to eat it - it's can't be a bad thing to make absolute use of the whole carcase. Some envelope glue is still made from rendered hooves... Somebody must be enjoying the expensive cuts from the carcase though... Andrew:Oxford
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1:50pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Patrick in Devon says...

Somwhat ironic that carcase scraps are processed for food additives in the name of efficiency, while nearly half of all food produced goes to waste.
Somwhat ironic that carcase scraps are processed for food additives in the name of efficiency, while nearly half of all food produced goes to waste. Patrick in Devon
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2:13pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse.

Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?
Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse. Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?[/p][/quote]Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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2:16pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Patrick in Devon wrote:
It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?
Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem?
[quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?[/p][/quote]Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem? Grunden Skip
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4:01pm Fri 25 Jan 13

online_reader says...

There was a concern that the horsemeat may have contained animal medication that was not fit for human consumption, but this was found not to be the case, the horsemeat in the burgers was perfectly safe to eat http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-21181499

It surprises me that people with religious beliefs prohibiting pork are not complaining, or at least if they are it's not being reported. Do those people not shop at supermarkets?
There was a concern that the horsemeat may have contained animal medication that was not fit for human consumption, but this was found not to be the case, the horsemeat in the burgers was perfectly safe to eat http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-21181499 It surprises me that people with religious beliefs prohibiting pork are not complaining, or at least if they are it's not being reported. Do those people not shop at supermarkets? online_reader
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4:26pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse.

Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?
Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament.
Burnt toast can also contain the cancer causing chemical Acrylamide.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse. Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?[/p][/quote]Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament.[/p][/quote]Burnt toast can also contain the cancer causing chemical Acrylamide. Andrew:Oxford
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5:56pm Fri 25 Jan 13

roj2011 says...

Since when did any of us believe what was said in Parliament about our food?

Anyway, where CAN I get a decent slab of horsemeat - sirloin for preference?
Since when did any of us believe what was said in Parliament about our food? Anyway, where CAN I get a decent slab of horsemeat - sirloin for preference? roj2011
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7:49pm Fri 25 Jan 13

MrSooty says...

I wouldn't mind trying a bit of horse if it was organic freerange.Is it possible to buy it in Oxford ?
I wouldn't mind trying a bit of horse if it was organic freerange.Is it possible to buy it in Oxford ? MrSooty
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8:36pm Fri 25 Jan 13

onemorething says...

The only local horses anywhere close to free-range are on Port Meadow... probably not organic, but at least they each have a name.
Maybe ask around at wolvercote farmers' market.
The only local horses anywhere close to free-range are on Port Meadow... probably not organic, but at least they each have a name. Maybe ask around at wolvercote farmers' market. onemorething
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9:14pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Craigy boi says...

Horse burger would be lovely
Horse burger would be lovely Craigy boi
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10:34pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Patrick in Devon says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
Patrick in Devon wrote:
It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?
Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem?
Safe? Lots of things were deemed "safe" until found not so, eg thalidomide, smoking, lead, asbestos etc. I think you will find that the scientific view is that the safety is unknown. Safety concerns aside, there is another point
http://www.guardian.
co.uk/commentisfree/
2013/jan/24/cost-che
ap-burger-higher-12p
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?[/p][/quote]Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem?[/p][/quote]Safe? Lots of things were deemed "safe" until found not so, eg thalidomide, smoking, lead, asbestos etc. I think you will find that the scientific view is that the safety is unknown. Safety concerns aside, there is another point http://www.guardian. co.uk/commentisfree/ 2013/jan/24/cost-che ap-burger-higher-12p Patrick in Devon
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4:23am Sat 26 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Patrick in Devon wrote:
Grunden Skip wrote:
Patrick in Devon wrote:
It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?
Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem?
Safe? Lots of things were deemed "safe" until found not so, eg thalidomide, smoking, lead, asbestos etc. I think you will find that the scientific view is that the safety is unknown. Safety concerns aside, there is another point
http://www.guardian.

co.uk/commentisfree/

2013/jan/24/cost-che

ap-burger-higher-12p
Nothing is "safe" mate. Even Birth is the start of Death. How far do you want to go?
[quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patrick in Devon[/bold] wrote: It isnt actually horse "meat". Its worse than that. Its powdered protein dervived from any cheap carcase bits from anywhere in the world, added to make up for the lack of any real meat in the product, which is primarily fat, gristle, water and chemicals. Would you feed this rubbish to your dog, let alone eat it?[/p][/quote]Patrick, IT IS SAFE TO EAT. Geddit! Whether you give it to your dog or not is up to you. But in these times of the poorest being forced to take pay cuts, and lose benefits, that is all that they can afford to eat. Again I repeat, the food is safe, it is not meat in Veggie food, so what is your problem?[/p][/quote]Safe? Lots of things were deemed "safe" until found not so, eg thalidomide, smoking, lead, asbestos etc. I think you will find that the scientific view is that the safety is unknown. Safety concerns aside, there is another point http://www.guardian. co.uk/commentisfree/ 2013/jan/24/cost-che ap-burger-higher-12p[/p][/quote]Nothing is "safe" mate. Even Birth is the start of Death. How far do you want to go? Grunden Skip
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4:28am Sat 26 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse.

Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?
Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament.
Burnt toast can also contain the cancer causing chemical Acrylamide.
And so can frying your eggs to a crispy finish around the edges create a cancer causing chemical, according to one well known chef and nutritionist. If we took on board all of the advice/scares given to us by experts, then we would never leave the house, clean and disinfect everything ten times a day and only drink bottled water, ERR hang on wasn't there a scare about that a while back too?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: The only thing that seems to be bothering people is the fact that meat from the wrong source was (potentially) present in the burgers rather than the fact that it was horse. Maybe it's time for a supermarket to start (intentionally) selling horse meat?[/p][/quote]Other than the small fact that this horse meat may well contain cancer inducing drugs as detailed in Parliament.[/p][/quote]Burnt toast can also contain the cancer causing chemical Acrylamide.[/p][/quote]And so can frying your eggs to a crispy finish around the edges create a cancer causing chemical, according to one well known chef and nutritionist. If we took on board all of the advice/scares given to us by experts, then we would never leave the house, clean and disinfect everything ten times a day and only drink bottled water, ERR hang on wasn't there a scare about that a while back too? Grunden Skip
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3:19pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Vernon Spools says...

Excess stomach acid and ulcers can lead to cancer, burnt toast had been seen as a great home remedy for an upset stomach, but now I am told that it leads to cancer. Who knows what to believe anymore, and what risks to take!
Excess stomach acid and ulcers can lead to cancer, burnt toast had been seen as a great home remedy for an upset stomach, but now I am told that it leads to cancer. Who knows what to believe anymore, and what risks to take! Vernon Spools
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5:57pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

More to the point who in their right mind would buy the ghastly compressed STUFF labelled "burgers" when you can go to the butcher's , buy a pound of mince, bind it with a couple of eggs and add 2 chopped onions to make a real meal? Wow, I'm dribbling now.
More to the point who in their right mind would buy the ghastly compressed STUFF labelled "burgers" when you can go to the butcher's , buy a pound of mince, bind it with a couple of eggs and add 2 chopped onions to make a real meal? Wow, I'm dribbling now. Lord Palmerstone
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3:21am Sun 27 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
More to the point who in their right mind would buy the ghastly compressed STUFF labelled "burgers" when you can go to the butcher's , buy a pound of mince, bind it with a couple of eggs and add 2 chopped onions to make a real meal? Wow, I'm dribbling now.
Easy answer LP, 8 Value Burgers 79p. 1lb of mince £3 a couple of eggs 60p onions 50p. Now I weren't very good at sums at school, but even I can work that one out. P.S. You forgot the fresh breadcrumbs (they soak up the fat) and Parsley (curly) in your recipe.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: More to the point who in their right mind would buy the ghastly compressed STUFF labelled "burgers" when you can go to the butcher's , buy a pound of mince, bind it with a couple of eggs and add 2 chopped onions to make a real meal? Wow, I'm dribbling now.[/p][/quote]Easy answer LP, 8 Value Burgers 79p. 1lb of mince £3 a couple of eggs 60p onions 50p. Now I weren't very good at sums at school, but even I can work that one out. P.S. You forgot the fresh breadcrumbs (they soak up the fat) and Parsley (curly) in your recipe. Grunden Skip
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11:39pm Sun 27 Jan 13

colin777 says...

I had to go to the toilet after eating a Tesco burger..............
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.................it was good to firm,and soft in places......... ;)
I had to go to the toilet after eating a Tesco burger.............. ...... .................it was good to firm,and soft in places......... ;) colin777
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5:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

colin777 wrote:
I had to go to the toilet after eating a Tesco burger..............

......


.................it was good to firm,and soft in places......... ;)
Best you see your doctor then.
[quote][p][bold]colin777[/bold] wrote: I had to go to the toilet after eating a Tesco burger.............. ...... .................it was good to firm,and soft in places......... ;)[/p][/quote]Best you see your doctor then. Grunden Skip
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7:44pm Mon 28 Jan 13

lfcaware says...

Come on people, it's only a tiny bit, I wouldn't mind fresh horse burger.
Come on people, it's only a tiny bit, I wouldn't mind fresh horse burger. lfcaware
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10:57pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Fantomas says...

So no one worked out whether it was the mane ingredient?
So no one worked out whether it was the mane ingredient? Fantomas
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