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Supply chains 'should be opened up to consumers'

18 February 2013

Tesco has pledged to restore consumer confidence by making its supply chain more transparent in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

Supermarkets and suppliers have been forced to withdraw food products after horsemeat was found in a range of items labelled as beef, prompting widespread investigations and testing.

In response to the scandal, Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke published a statement on the company's blog in which he pledged to create a supply chain that offers "a world-class traceability and DNA testing system".

He added that "over the weeks and months ahead, we will open up our supply chain" and provide more information to consumers than any other food retailer has done previously.

"As the UK's leading food retailer, it is Tesco's responsibility to lead on this issue," Mr Clarke said.

The Food Standards Agency recently released test results for 2,501 beef products, with 29 positive results returned for undeclared horse meat at or above one per cent.

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