Production restarts at Bristol factory where horse DNA was found in bolognese sauce supplied to Asda
PRODUCTION has restarted at a Bristol factory after horse DNA was found in one of the bolognese sauces it supplies to Asda.
Greencore in Bradley Stoke was closed over the weekend so that a deep clean could be carried out.
Meanwhile, beef dishes will soon be back on the menu at many Bristol schools, after supplier Eden Foodservice last week withdrew them as a precautionary measure.
Tests have now revealed that none of the beef dishes contained any horse DNA.
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Dublin-based firm Greencore confirmed at the weekend that tests on Asda's Chosen By You 350g beef bolognese sauce, which it manufactures, had shown that 4.8 per cent contained equine DNA.
The company said tests on all of its other products came back negative and announced a "thorough and comprehensive" investigation into how the horse DNA came to be in the sauce.
It also confirmed it was implementing additional "species screening" procedures in its supply chain for beef-related ingredients.
Asda took the product off its shelves last week and temporarily withdrew other Greencore products as a precautionary measure.
A Greencore spokesman said: "Since the issue has arisen, Greencore has been in constant dialogue with its customers who are supportive of our response.
"Specifically, Greencore can confirm that it has received assurance from Asda that it remains supportive of Greencore and the steps it is taking with regards to this matter.
"With regards to the Bristol facility, Greencore and its customers have tested a range of meat and non meat products at the facility and all results have tested negative.
"However, as a precautionary measure, Greencore completed a full deep-clean shutdown of its Bristol facility over the weekend before restarting full production.
"More broadly, Greencore is implementing additional species screening procedures in its supply chain for beef related ingredients going into all Greencore facilities.
"Furthermore, Greencore will take whatever actions are necessary to protect its supply chain going forward."
Greencore's Bristol factory, which employs around 200 people, specialises in chilled soups and sauces. The food company is one of Britain's largest suppliers of ready meals and is also the largest supplier of ready-made sandwiches in the country.
It makes own-brand ready meals for Asda, Co-Op and Sainsbury's.
The company employs around 11,000 people across 17 manufacturing sites in the UK and six in America.
Shares in the company, which had a £1.1 billion turnover in its last financial year, fell last week after it confirmed it had supplied the contaminated sauce.
Eden Foodservice, which supplies meals to 126 secondary, primary and nursery schools in the city, last week withdrew its pasta sauce with meat balls, pasta sauce with bolognese, sliced roast beef and traditional Cornish pasty. Its supplier has now confirmed that no equine DNA was found in any of the products.