June 4, 2003 - News and city section
Horse meat found in salami
Salami on sale in the UK could contain horse and donkey meat, the Food Standards Agency said today.
The agency announced an investigation to analyse what goes into salami, chorizo and pastrami.
It follows a survey carried out by local authorities in Hull, Durham, Northumberland, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire which found horse meat in three of the 24 samples of salami tested.
Rosemary Hignett, the FSA's head of food labelling, said: "There are concerns that UK consumers could unwittingly be eating horse and perhaps donkey meat when they buy a salami or similar product.
"Some people may prefer not to eat these products, even though food safety is not the issue and they are often traditional recipes."