Looks like there’s horseplay going on in London’s shops. A Time Out investigation found several stores still selling Birds Eye products supposedly withdrawn in February. On March 7, Select & Save in Elephant and Castle had most of a freezer cabinet shelf devoted to them, including lasagne and bolognese: both found to contain 1 percent horse meat. Select & Save declined to comment. But we can tell you that its sign says: ‘Local, Convenient, Fresh’.
In Dalston, several convenience stores were also still stocking the products. On the same day, we found them in two Costcutters: one on Sandringham Road and one on Queensbridge Road. Costcutter also declined to comment on selling the withdrawn ready meals.
So we decided to take a stand, and gave our findings to Birds Eye and the Food Standards Authority, which is alerting councils to help clear up the city’s freezers. Birds Eye said: ‘We’d like to thank Time Out for drawing our attention to this issue and we are taking immediate action to resolve it. Since we recalled these three products on February 22 we have done all we can to withdraw them from sale. No shop in the UK should be stocking them and it is unacceptable if some have not followed the correct recall procedure.’ Help us get these products off the street. If you find them in your local shop, let us know.
After all, the stores have had plenty of time to withdraw them. Three weeks on the trot, in fact. Alexi Duggins
Want to check if your local shop’s frozen meals are more bolog-neighs than bolognese? Here’s what to look out for…
Birds Eye Shepherd’s Pie, 400g
Not found to contain horse meat, but withdrawn on February 22 after 2 percent horse DNA was found in a chilli con carne made for Belgium by the same suppliers.
Birds Eye Beef Lasagne, 400g
Withdrawn from sale as a precaution on February 22. Found to contain around 1 percent horse meat on March 1.
Birds Eye Spaghetti Bolognese, 340g
Also recalled from sale on February 22. Also contains equine DNA. We’re getting hoarse repeating ourselves.
Found any of the above in your local shop? Tweet photos to @timeoutlondon, hashtag #stillabithorse.