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McColgan’s working with Food Standards Agency

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A Strabane company has confirmed that it is working with the Food Standards Agency following the discovery of trace elements of porcine DNA in a limited number of halal-certified pastry products which are supplied to 3663 as part of its contract to the prison service.

Food distributor 3663 identified Strabane-based McColgan’s Quality Foods Limited as the source of “the very small number of halal savoury beef pastry products” found to contain the DNA.

A spokesman for McColgan’s said in a statement: “McColgan’s can confirm that it is proactively co-operating with the Food Standards Agency and its local representatives following the discovery of trace elements of porcine DNA in a limited number of halal-certified pastry products which are supplied to 3663 as part of its contract to the prison service.

“McColgan’s has already taken swift measures to identify, isolate and withdraw all of the products which are supplied to the prison service while an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding this deeply regrettable and unforeseen incident takes place.

“McColgan’s is keen to stress that at no point has pork of any kind been included in the recipes of any of the halal-certified products it supplies.”

 
 
 

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