Asda has announced a recall of all of its 340g Smart Price tinned corned beef after tests revealed traces of phenylbutazone.
The retailer stated that all date codes were being brought back into its base after some of the products tested positive for the veterinary drug. Asda is now urging the public to return all of the potentially contaminated foodstuffs bought prior to the withdrawal and they will be refunded the full cost at any stores around the country. It is yet another scandal in the wake of horsemeat being found in a number of products sold by companies such as Tesco, Findus and Ikea prompting calls for more rigorous testing of meat supplied to retailers.
Asda itself has previously had to withdraw corned beef tins from shelves in early March after test samples contained more than one per cent of equine DNA. While the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has maintained that the phenylbutazone, known commonly as bute, quantities in the products was "very low" the retailer is refusing to take the risk and has withdrawn all corned beef tins from shelves.
A statement on the supermarket's website read: "We have taken an extremely cautious approach since the very beginning and have carried out more than 700 tests, moving swiftly to remove any products from our shelves whenever we’ve had the smallest concerns.
"Our commitment to you is to continue to test our products regularly and update you with the very latest news as soon as we can."
The tins in question were manufactured by a French company in mainland Europe and highlights the need for companies to ensure they know the full source of their meat products to avoid these type of incidents happening again in the future. In wake of the horsemeat scandal, many companies have looked to provide more transparency within their supply chain to ensure that they know exactly where their produce is sourced from.
Asda has also recalled the tinned Chosen By You Corned Beef (340g) as a precautionary measure as they were made in the same factory as the Smart Price products.