3663 have released a statement making it clear to their suppliers that products supplied should only include declared ingredients.
The statement makes reference to the company's investment in quality assurance and extensive checks already carried out across its range and supplier base.
Assurances from the company include; that the company does not have any direct links with the sources mentioned in the media for the presence of horsemeat in the food chain and that to date all of the tests 3663 has carried out for the presence of horsemeat have proved to be negative.
Additionally, following meetings between industry representatives, the FSA and Defra, 3663 can confirm that the following steps will be taken:
Tests already carried out for the presence of horsemeat will be submitted to the FSA this week and that all 3663 own brand products that contain chopped and/or minced beef (comminuted) as an ingredient have already been sent for testing in line with FSA recommendations.
3663 is also re-contacting all suppliers of products that contain comminuted beef to ensure that they test these products in line with the new FSA requirements.
On-going reviews on 3663 products will continue in line with future FSA requirements.