What's new ? - 2018

What's new ? - 2018

UK: 20% of meat samples contain DNA from unspecified animals

2 October, 2018

A fifth (20%) of meat samples tested in 2017 contained DNA from animals not shown on the label, according to data obtained by the BBC. The BBC acquired the stat via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The 665 results - from businesses including restaurants and supermarkets in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - showed 145 samples contained 'unspecified' meat - either wholly or partly. According to the outlet, a number of samples contained the DNA of up to four animals - with meat labeled as 'lamb' most likely to be contaminated, and cow DNA being 'the most commonly-found contaminant'. Some samples contained DNA from as many as four different animals, while others contained no trace of the meat that appeared on the product's label.