The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Stephen Hay­ward

FOOD watch­dogs launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day into claims that traces of meat were found in veg­e­tar­ian meals at Tesco and Sains­bury’s.

The Food Stan­dards Agency moved in af­ter in­de­pen­dent lab tests al­legedly found el­e­ments of pork in Sains­bury’s own-brand meat-free meat­balls and turkey in Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen BBQ But­ter­nut Mac.

Both su­per­mar­kets said pre­lim­i­nary DNA anal­y­sis had not raised any prob­lems. But the Food Stan­dards Agency said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing these al­leged in­ci­dents, and any re­sult­ing ac­tion will de­pend upon the ev­i­dence found.”

Sains­bury’s said the meat­ball meal, which car­ries the Veg­e­tar­ian So­ci­ety logo, is pro­duced at a meat-free fac­tory.

A spokesman said: “We’re con­cerned by these find­ings how­ever, and are car­ry­ing out a com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion along­side our sup­plier.”

Tesco said: “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.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal health ex­pert Tony Lewis said peo­ple who had eaten the prod­ucts would be ap­palled.

MEAL: Sanis­bury’s

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