SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has apologised after burgers that were withdrawn after the horse meat scandal were found on the shelves at an Oxford store.

The company’s “free from” frozen beef quarter pounders – which had been withdrawn as a precaution – were found at Tesco in Cowley, pictured.

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said: “Whilst this product was not implicated in the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) of Ireland investigation, and was withdrawn as a precaution, we are urgently investigating how this product came to be on a shelf in store.”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

She said the burgers were bought from the Cowley store on Wednesday.

The burgers were among those which were withdrawn on Tuesday, January 15, after the FSAI found horse DNA in some beef products that had been sold by the company.

The products withdrawn from Tesco stores were Tesco Everyday Value 8 x Frozen Beef Burgers (397g), Tesco 4 x Frozen Beef Quarter Pounders (454g) and a branded product, Flamehouse Frozen Chargrilled Quarter Pounders.