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Aldi Drops Contract With Dalepak Hambleton


6:51am 1st February 2013

A supermarket chain has suspended its contract with a North Yorkshire manufacturer implicated in the horsemeat scandal.

Aldi says it feels "deeply angry and let down" by Dalepak Hambleton, based at Leeming Bar which was singled out with 2 other plants.

Aldi UK's customers are our absolute priority," a spokesman said. "This is why we immediately withdrew these products until such a time that we could verify that there was no risk to our customers.

"We are deeply angry and feel let down by our supplier and we are pursuing more tests until we are certain that we understand how the production line was contaminated."

Three random samples of each Aldi's UK beefburger products, all from different batches, were tested for traces of non-beef animal DNA.

For each product, two of the three samples came back negative - that is, they had no trace of DNA other than beef.

However, on one of each of the samples, the tests revealed a 0.1% trace of non-beef DNA.

Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Quarter Pounder contained 0.1% pork, Oakhurst Beef Quarter Pounders had 0.1% pork and 0.1% equine, while Frozen Oakhurst Beefburgers tested positive for 0.1% equine.

Aldi's statement added: "While these traces are at the lowest forensically detectable level through DNA-testing, they do corroborate Aldi UK's decision to remove these products from sale. We can confirm that there is no risk to food safety emerging from the findings."

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