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09th Jun 2018

Traces of meat ‘found in vegan and vegetarian supermarket meals’

Wil Jones

The Food Standards Agency is investigating

Traces of meat have been found in vegan and vegetarian products from two major supermarkets.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph looked at ten different items from Sainsburys and Tesco, and found animal DNA in two of them.

The survey was undertaken by a German government-accredited food testing lab. They found traces of turkey in Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen BBQ Butternut Mac, and traces of pork in Sainsbury’s Meat Free Meatballs.

Both supermarkets have said they are investigating. A statement from Sainburys said:

“We are concerned by these findings however, and are carrying out a comprehensive investigation alongside our supplier.”

Tesco’s statement read:

“We take the quality and integrity of our products extremely seriously and understand that our vegan and vegetarian products should be exactly that. Our initial DNA tests have found no traces of animal DNA in the BBQ Butternut Mac product available in stores today.”

The Food Standards Agency is now investigating, saying ensuring consumer confidence was vital.