Burgers found to contain horse

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BEEF burgers made by a Doncaster firm and supplied to a chain of hotels have been found to contain horse meat.

Food manufacturing company Paragon Quality Foods Ltd, based in Armthorpe, says tests have revealed one of the types of beef burgers it has supplied to hotels run by Whitbread has been found to contain horse DNA.

The company, based at West Moor Park, says it is now carrying out extensive tests - and stressed it has only ever bought meat from reputable suppliers.

In a statement, the firm said yesterday: “Paragon have never knowingly bought or handled equine meat products. All our records are available for scrutiny. Paragon buys beef only from licensed and approved EU suppliers.”

A spokesman for Whitbread said it had carried out its own independent tests on meat products, and the burgers involved were removed immediately from its menus.