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Iceland Foods Ltd; update.

Since publication of this article, Iceland have informed us  that only a very small (0.1%) level of horse DNA was found in two of their own brand quarter pound burgers when tested by the FSAI.  They point out that result is well below the threshold level  of 1% which the UK FSA applies as indicative of contamination or adulteration, and that a test result of 0.1% is so low that it could amount to a “trace” level. Iceland subsequently tested samples of burgers from the same production batch to the same tolerances used by the FSAI and no evidence of any horse DNA was found. Iceland also state that since then over 2000 tests of Iceland beef products have been carried out and no trace of horse meat or DNA has ever been found.

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Police released CCTV images yesterday in a bid to track down the two rape suspects

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Police appeal for help after victim was grabbed in daylight at a busy Manchester mall

Handout CCTV images issued by Greater Manchester Police of two men wanted for questioning after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a department store toilet in the Arndale centre in Manchester city centre

Boy aged 14 abducted and raped in store's toilet

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Cheap lines boom as shoppers cut back

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Anthony Rose: 'There are excellent co-operatives producing quality wines throughout France'

Bastille Day: an opportunity to arm yourself with a bottle in celebration of the revolutionary fraternity of that horny-handed son of the terroir, the French vigneron. The Gironde was once the breeding ground of the counter-revolution and the Bordeaux château remains today a symbol of capitalist enterprise. The French co-operative movement, in contrast, bands together groups of like-minded individuals with small vineyard parcels.

James Moore: Waitrose already looks like an Olympic winner

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Aldi and Lidl boost their share

Hard-pressed shoppers are flocking to the discounters Aldi and Lidl to give them record market shares.

Same snack, but with twice the fat

High street shops are overloading their sandwiches with salt and fat, a survey suggests today.

Tesco Bank, which offers insurance, credit cards and savings products, was set to offer a current account this year but the release was put back to allow it to take advantage of new rules making it easier for customers to switch,

Tesco loses more market share

The challenge faced by Tesco to revive its UK business was underlined today as research figures showed the supermarket giant continues to lose market share.

Asda said nearly half of the jobs it created last year had gone to young people

Asda grows its share of the market

Asda has closed the gap on struggling giant Tesco after a report today revealed that its share of the grocery market has grown to record levels.

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