Pilgrim Foodservice in Lincolnshire recall cottage pie over horsemeat scare
Pilgrim Foodservice, based in Boston have recalled one of their products as a precautionary measure after an inconclusive equine content test.
A total of 10 cases of the company's multi-portion cottage pie have been recalled after a notification from one of its suppliers, Oak Farm Foods.
Pilgrim Foodservice have been working with all of its suppliers in accordance with FSA requirements, to ensure samples are sent for DNA speciation testing.
A company statement from Pilgrim Foodservice said: "This involved a very small number of customers, all of whom were personally contacted to arrange return of a total of 10 cases of this particular product.
"It must be stressed that this is a precautionary measure only following an initial unclear result.
"Further testing involving in excess of 250 samples has taken place and results are currently awaited.
"It is important to note that this supplier has so far received 75 results back, all of which have tested negative for equine content.
"We wish to reiterate to all our customers that we are doing all that we can to assure the integrity of all our products and should any customer have a concern, they are encouraged to continue to contact us directly."
An Oak Farm Foods spokeswoman said: "The quality and safety of our products is of the utmost importance to Oak Farm Foods.
"The company has produced ready meals, soups and sauces for the past 25 years and has an exemplary record in terms of food quality and safety standards.
"While the company carries out extensive testing on all its products DNA testing has not been widely available or the norm in the industry. However, given recent issues Oak Farm Foods has instigated a new regime that includes DNA tests.
"We can confirm that all tests for equine DNA on products to date have tested negative."