Horse meat: Waitrose to build dedicated frozen meat factory

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Waitrose has announced it will be building its own frozen meat factory.

The new unit will be located at the Yorkshire base of its fresh beef supplier Dovecote Park and will become operational in the next three months.

Waitrose said all the beef processed by Dovecote Park was sourced from a known and trusted group of British farmers. None was bought on the open market.

It added that the frozen meat products it had recalled as a precautionary measure, including the 480g packs of 16 Essential Waitrose British beef meatballs which were pulled last night because tests indicated they contained pork, were not produced by Dovecote Park.

“Our customers rightly expect the highest standards of product quality and integrity from us and we won’t let anything stand in the way of our delivering this,” said Waitrose MD Mark Price.

“Dovecote Park is a dedicated supplier to Waitrose.  They share our values and our commitment to British farming so extending our joint activities into a range of frozen meat products is a tremendously positive move.”

Price wrote to Waitrose customers this morning to warn them that a test had indicated some pork was present in its essential Waitrose frozen meatballs. He said Waitrose would refund any of the 480g packs of British beef meatballs with best before dates of June 2013 and August 2013.

“I’m sure nothing is more important to you than the safety, quality and taste of the food you give your family and that is why I wanted to write to you directly in this way,” he said.

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  • It does not matter where Waitrose opens their factory, maybe in Todmorden? The problem is not where but... how much?

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  • Are these the same meat balls (Waitrose, 12 in each) in my freezer? Or are they now passed as fit for human consumption?
    This should be made quite clear. as there is enough confusion around already.

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  • waitrose please can you take on board the idea that MEAT IS NOT FOOD. Humans do not need to eat animals, in fact the harm done to the person and our planet from the farming industries has made this source of human nutrition unsustainable and actively harmful. Local, british no better. The food these cows eat is still shipped from abroad and you still wont know what is in it. Please be a beacon for the future. REDUCE your meat sales and INCREASE vegan products.

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  • Natalie,
    Meat is indeed food and has been for millions of years, just not the food you wish to eat, which is fine.

    Eating meat has been very developmental to our evolution. Please see this.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120420105539.htm

    If the supermarkets drastically reduced the amount of food meat products how many beef cows do you think would be slaughtered and incinerated and how many beef farmers and their families would end up unemployed and on benefits. How much would this then increase the UK TAX burden.

    Regards

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