Two of 20 burgers analysed by a Spanish consumer group have tested positive for horse DNA, it has been revealed.
The testing was organised by the Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU).
The organisation selected 20 fresh packaged hamburgers sold in supermarkets. They were were sold under different names and marked with the likes of “Prepared with minced meat” and “Burger Meat”.
It took the samples to a laboratory for analysis of meat quality, the presence of additives, preservatives, dyes, flavor enhancers, the presence of antibiotics, hygiene standards, and nutritional levels.
Following recent revelations of horse DNA in beef burgers sold in Ireland and Britain, the organisation requested testing of the samples of horse DNA.
The results showed two of the 20 samples contained horse DNA.
In addition, a group of culinary experts assessed the quality of the samples, both raw and cooked on the grill.
The organisation found that, on the whole, the quality of the burgers was poor.
“The quality of meat products analyzed is generally poor: many tendons, cartilage used instead of quality meat,” it said.
Some had too much fat and salt, and too many additives.