SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has withdrawn another product that has tested positive for horsemeat supplied by a Northern Ireland company.
Following tests the company has pulled from store shelves its own brand Frozen Tesco Simply Roast Meatloaf.
The meatloaf was supplied by Lurgan firm Eurostock Foods and was found to contain between two and five per cent horsemeat.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, Tesco said: “We are very sorry we have a further product which has failed to meet the high standards we and customers expect.”
Eurostock Foods said it was shocked and disappointed by the discovery and that it was launching an investigation.
In a statement the family-owned firm confirmed that product manufactured in its Northern Ireland plant had been found to contain equine DNA.
“The integrity of our supply chain is vital and we are working closely with our customers to try to establish the source of the contaminating material,” the company said.
“Our investigations are ongoing and we remain in constant dialogue with all relevant parties.”
It is the latest product that has had to be pulled in recent months after imported horsemeat was used to make beef products including burgers, bolognese meals and lasagnes.
Tesco has already dropped its Irish supplier of meat.
Stormont’s Agriculture Committee was told on Tuesday that the sale of beef burgers in Northern Ireland has dropped by 35 per cent since the horsemeat scandal broke.