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Horsemeat: EU ‘primarily to blame’ says Euro MP

21 February 2013

The European Union is ‘primarily to blame’ for horsemeat entering the UK food chain, according to Euro MP, Paul Nuttall (pictured).

Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader and North West MEP, made the comments at the EU environment committee in Brussels.

Citing food labelling and safety, he said: “Food safety is an EU competence. Prior to this in the UK we had some of the most stringent meat hygiene standards, primarily because of the BSE crisis in the 1990s. What the EU has done has shifted responsibility for food safety on to the producers rather than government agencies.”

In other news, Renfrewshire Council has removed meat products from schools, after its supplier – the Brakes Group – discovered horse DNA in another of its products. While the lasagne, which was produced for a different customer, had traces of horse DNA, the supplier asserted that none was found in the products supplied to the council.

A spokesman for Brakes said: "Brakes can confirm that it has received the result of a DNA test for the Brakes brand lasagne product it recalled as a precaution at the end of last week. The product has tested negative for horsemeat DNA. We would like to apologise to customers who were inconvenienced, but we felt that this was the most appropriate course of action at the time."

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