The Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU) said that it was originally testing burgers on sale in Spain for the presence of additives, preservatives and antibiotics, but added the DNA test after Irish food safety chiefs revealed that horse DNA had been found in burgers on sale in the UK and Ireland.
It claimed it found horse DNA in two out of 20 burgers tested from Spanish supermarkets. “These results clearly indicate that consumer fraud has been committed, because hamburgers are being sold with labels that not indicate the actual ingredients,” the group said.
The OCU added that it had approached the Spanish Food Safety Agency (AESAN), the Ministry of Agriculture and the country’s regional governments, demanding an explanation and an “urgent investigation” to clarify how the horse DNA found its way into beef burgers.
The Irish government announced yesterday that it had traced the source of horse meat contamination in burgers produced by Irish plant Silvercrest to an ingredients supplier in Poland, which has not yet been named.