The Food Standards Agency has launched an investigation into how beef dripping made from fat that was not intended for human consumption entered the food chain.
The dripping was made by Doncaster-based Nortech Foods and the company was this week carrying out a trade withdrawal to recover any remaining dripping from its customers.
The batch of dripping was unlikely to pose any risk to health because of the high temperatures at which it was processed, said FSA officials.
Microbiological testing of the dripping did not find any harmful bacteria in the dripping, labelled as 500g Nortech’s Finest Beef Dripping.
The affected batch has best-before dates of between August 16 and September 17, 2005.
Fat not intended for human consumption is typically used after processing and refining to make products like petfood, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.