BREAKING NEWS…..THE UK’s Food Standards Agency says that Asda Smart Price Corned Beef 340g tins have been found to contain low levels of phenylbutazone, known as ‘bute’.
As a result, Asda has been forced to recall its “Smart Price” corned beef.
All batch codes of product affected – 340g tins of ‘Smart Price’ Corned Beef – have been removed from shelves.
Customers who have bought the 340g tins, with any date code, have been urged not to eat the corned beef but to return it to the supermarket.
It comes just over a month after Asda withdrew the same product after equine DNA was detected.
Further sampling and testing has revealed the presence of low levels of phenylbutazone – used in veterinary medicine as a pain-killer or anti-inflammatory.
A statement from Asda said: “In March 2013 we withdrew tinned Smart Price Corned Beef (340g) after receiving a positive test for horse DNA above the 1% trace level set by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
“Today, 9th April 2013, tests on further batches have shown a positive result for very low levels of horse medication called phenylbutazone, also known as bute, at four parts per billion.
“The FSA has reassured us that the quantities we’ve found pose a low risk to human health.”