Horse Meat Found in Ireland and UK Beef Products

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Horse meat is being found in a surprising percentage of burger products in Ireland and the UK. Pig meat was also found at alarming percentages. 

According to a report from Yahoo News, a study was done on the meat supply of Ireland and England, and they were shocked to discover that their beef is not purely beef. 

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the tests on salami, beef burger, and beef meal products had traces of other animal products in them. 

In 37 percent of the sampled meat, horse meat DNA was found. Pig DNA was found in 85 percent. 

The same goes for everyday products like cottage pie, beef curry pie, and lasagna. 

FSAI Chief Executive Alan Reilly says the food supply is safe as horse meat does not negatively affect health. 

"Whilst, there is a plausible explanation for the presence of pig DNA in these products due to the fact that meat from different animals is processed in the same meat plants, there is no clear explanation at this time for the presence of horse DNA in products emanating from meat plants that do not use horse meat in their production process," Reilly said. 

Though the group stated the meat is safe, many wonder what parts of the animals were "ground up" or where the DNA traces even came from.