Trace contamination in halal meat products can be safeguarded against if processors across England work with religious communities, Eblex has said.

According to Eblex, in light of the recent horsemeat issue, it has been highlighted that there are some cross-species DNA "carryover" when the same processing lines are used for different species.

"The red meat sector is mindful of the potential for concern and is urging all those involved in the halal sector to develop mechanisms to ensure there is no cross-species contamination, even at the smallest trace level," said senior regional manager for Eblex Phil Hadley.

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