The horsemeat 'car crash' of a TV news interview. Clearly Ms Dickinson urgently needs a media training course and a better briefing on a serious subject she has little intimate knowledge of.
+++ UPDATE: February 14th 2013 Latest 'bute' test results on a minute sample of horse carcasses +++
The Food Standards Agency most recent tests for the presence of phenylbutazone (bute) in horses slaughtered in the UK, checked just 206 (of the 9,000 horse carcasses exported annually) between 30 January 2013 and 7 February 2013. Of these, eight tested positive for the drug.
Of these eight:
Six were sent to France and may have entered the food chain. They were slaughtered by LJ Potter Partners at Stillman’s (Somerset) Ltd, Taunton.
The remaining two did not leave the slaughterhouse in the UK (High Peak Meat Exports Ltd, Nantwich) and have now been disposed of in accordance with EU rules.
Food Agency raids meat plants in Yorkshire, England and Wales involved in alleged supply of horse meat. Tonight Waitrose confirmed that beef meatballs sold by them, could well contain Pork, and these products have now been withdrawn from retail sale in the UK
The Food Standards Agency [FSA] (which has not covered itself in glory over the horse and donkey meat for humans scam) and police today entered two meat processing premises, one in West Yorkshire and the other in West Wales. The FSA suspended both plants immediately so they can no longer supply food to the market, whilst detailed investigations continue.
The plant in West Yorkshire is the Peter Boddy, Licensed Slaughterhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and the Agency believes it supplied horse carcasses to Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre, Aberystwyth.The same Peter Boddy runs an outfit called Live Animal Capture. This is what they say on their website:
Peter has been involved in the Live Animal Capture and Deer and Wildlife Management Business for over 20 years and has also been involved in Agriculture and the Meat Trade for over 50 years. Peter is also involved in the wholesale meat and slaughterhouse business and is a licensed slaughterer and games dealer and has his own registered abattoir. Peter has his own Deer Park located in the market town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
In a statement the FSA confirmed they and police are looking into the circumstances through which meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold when they were in fact derived from horses. West Yorkshire and Dyfed-Powys police entered the premises. The FSA has subsequently detained all meat found and seized paperwork, including customer lists from the two companies.
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