"The FSA's main focus at this point is on gross contamination of beef products with the substitution of horse meat, where there is more than 1% horse DNA detected in a product. The Agency believes that such levels of horse DNA indicate either gross negligence or deliberate substitution of one meat for another," the agency said in release last week.
More food industry test results are expected Friday.
Official FSA testing continues
FSA's formal sampling programs began Feb. 25, and will be analyzed for a report by April. FSA Chief Executive Catherine Brown said initial findings will be available by early March.
Brown said also that preliminary testing, which has shown negative results for horse meat is reassuring, but FSA's work is not finished and there will be consequences for the person or persons responsible.
'We are also committed to pursuing enforcement action where we can, to ensure that those who were at fault take full responsibility for their actions. We are determined to get to the bottom of this to find out exactly what happened - and to make sure it doesn't happen again," Brown said.
Scandal causes U.S. consumers to question supply
Some fear that a similar horse meat situation could unfold in the U.S., but Davey Griffin, Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service, says it won't.