Horse meat found in food served at Dartmoor Prison
TRACES of horse meat have been found in meat intended for prisoners at HMP Dartmoor.
A batch of raw frozen minced beef was found to contain less than one per cent of the banned meat.
It was found during a precautionary round of testing months after the horse meat scandal broke in January this year.
The meat was supplied by London based GA International.
The Ministry of Justice revealed that it had discovered the horse meat through a statement on its website .
It said: "Following media coverage in January of horse meat contamination in supermarket food supply chains which particularly affected processed products, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) acted quickly and decisively to immediately quarantine a number of products that may have been affected.
"While initial testing did not find horse meat contamination, the MoJ considered the results of the initial findings warranted further testing."
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Agency which has responsibility for food policy within prisons undertook to test further products from its raw and processed meat range.
The Ministry of Justice statement continued: "The items selected represent high volume processed products, items considered by the agency as most susceptible. All products were tested by an independent laboratory to a higher degree of scrutiny than is currently required by the Food Standards Agency for England and Wales."
It is unclear if the meat was served to prisoners or if it was intercepted before it made to their plates.
GA International refused to comment on the findings. The company website states: "The George Abrahams Group is a major supplier of meat and associated products ."
The Ministry of Justice concluded: "MoJ and NOMS will continue to act proactively and transparently in ensuring that food procured for and served in our prisons is safe, nutritious and where necessary continues to meet all faith requirements.
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