PROBE ON VEG LIES
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.