Birds Eye is withdrawing three beef ready meals from sale in the UK and Ireland after tests found 2 per cent of horse DNA in a different chilli con carne dish which is sold by the company in Belgium.

Birds Eye’s spaghetti bolognese, shepherd’s pie and lasagne are made by the same Belgian manufacturer, Frigilunch N.V., and all three are being withdrawn from shelves ‘as a precautionary measure’.

In a statement, Birds Eye said: ‘Regrettably, we have found one product, chilli con carne, produced for us by Frigilunch N.V. and sold in Belgium, that has tested positive for horse DNA at 2 per cent.

‘Whilst this is not a food safety issue, it is clearly unacceptable. In accordance with our high standards, we are immediately withdrawing this product from sale.

‘As a precautionary measure in the UK and Ireland we will withdraw all other products produced by the same supplier, namely…

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