Statement from UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson following the meeting with food businesses – Saturday 9 February 9th
“I called the major retailers and food distributers [SIC] in today to agree a clear plan of urgent action to deal with the problem of horsemeat in processed beef products. It’s totally unacceptable that customers have been buying products labelled beef, but which turn out to be horse. I told them I expected to see meaningful results from the testing they’re currently carrying out on their products by the end of the week.
“People should have absolute confidence in what they are buying. The responsibility for that lies with the retailers, who need to be absolutely sure that what they’re selling is what they think it is. We agreed that more and tougher testing will take place. I asked them to agree to publish test results every three months through the Food Standards Agency. I made it very clear that there needs to be openness and transparency in the system for the benefit of consumers.
“The retailers and industry bodies agreed to my proposal that they work with the FSA on making checks further down the food chain. They have also agreed to let the FSA know as soon they become aware of a potential problem in their products.
“I told the meeting that the food industry needed to get out there and talk about what they’re doing, so that people can have confidence in the products they’re selling.
“Investigations into how these products came to be on British shelves are underway. I am determined that we get to the bottom of this and that any wrongdoing discovered is punished.”
+++ BREAKING NEWS +++ ALL PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS MUST NOW BE TESTED +++ POLICE INVOLVED IN LATEST INVESTIGATION +++
These include Tesco everyday value Lasagne products, also Lidl, Iceland, thousands of local stores , hospitals, schools, care homes and prisons...
|The last walk. Horses heading for slaughter ....|
|Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter |
the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health
|I don't see a horse on the label design ?|
Findus withdrew the beef lasagne products after its French supplier, Comigel, raised concerns about the type of meat used in the lasagne.
The FSA in the UK say they have no evidence to suggest the Findus product is a food safety risk. However, the FSA has ordered Findus to test the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or 'bute'. Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health.
|Ironic this ALDI pack says 49% cheaper than FINDUS!|
The Findus beef lasagne was distributed to the main UK supermarkets and smaller convenience stores. Findus has already begun a full recall of these products.
Anyone who has purchased any Findus beef lasagne products are advised not to eat them and return them to the shop they bought them from.
How has all this happened?
'Bute' the veterinary drug phenylbutazone is not allowed in the food chain because in humans it can cause rare cases of a serious blood disorder, aplastic anaemia. Because it is not possible to say what triggers the anaemia, it is not possible to identify a safe level of residue in meat.
Phenylbutazone was banned from use in humans after it was found that about 1 person in 30,000 recipients suffered a serious side effect. But in levels reported in previous testing of contaminated meat by the Agency, the maximum level found would have to be multiplied a thousand-fold to be at the same level as that which used to be given to humans.
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