One of the supermarket giants caught up in the ‘horse burger’ scandal is sending all of its withdrawn products to anaerobic digestion plants.
Sainsbury’s is one of seven major British companies withdrawing a number of beef products after horse and pig DNA was found in burgers and ready meals sold in the UK and Ireland by Aldi, Iceland, Lidl and Tesco.
The products were identified in a report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and, although not implicated in the report, Sainsbury’s has withdrawn one line from sale.
According to the Guardian, Sainsbury’s would not reveal the volume or the value of the products withdrawn “due to commercial sensitivities” but said that none of its food waste would go to landfill.
“The products withdrawn from stores will be sent to anaerobic digestion plants,” the spokeswoman said. “This is the most efficient method of generating energy from waste, and part of our broader ‘zero food waste to landfill’ strategy. We are the UK’s largest retail user of anaerobic digestion.”