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Walmart's British arm finds horse DNA in bolognese sauce, pulls products

Published on Feb 15, 2013 6:12 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc's British supermarket arm, Asda, said on Thursday it had discovered horse deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in its beef bolognese sauce and was withdrawing that product and three others from its stores.

"We have a preliminary test result that suggests the presence of horse DNA in our 500g Beef Bolognese sauce. As you'd expect, we have withdrawn this product from our shelves," Asda spokesman Jo Newbould said. Asda has about 550 shops across the United Kingdom.

"We are taking a belt-and-braces approach so in addition, as a precaution, we're also withdrawing three other beef-based products produced by the same supplier," she said.

The three other products are beef broth soup, meat feast pasta sauce and chilli con carne soup. Asda said it does not have positive test results for horse DNA in those products.

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