Horse Meat Probe Deepens: Standards Agency Demands Government Review

Category: Companies / Feb 08, 2013 2:26PM EDT
Britain's Food Standards Agency has demanded a more stringent meat testing program from retailers after a UK-based company said its lasagna contained meat from horses. The agency has demanded that food retailers and suppliers test all beef products such as burgers, meatballs and lasagna and present their findings by February 15. Frozen food and seafood company Findus said that its beef lasagna contained horse meat on Thursday (February 7). It had recalled its beef lasagna from retailers earlier in the week on advice from its French supplier. British Food Minister David Heath called for a probe. "We got to find out if there's criminality involved," he said. The opposition's environment representative backed calls for a government review. "There may be some of these products in schools, in hospital freezers, in prison freezers. The government spends two billion pounds a year buying food. We have been arguing that that food should be produced to British standards, for animal welfare reasons, and also to support British farmers," Creagh Mary Creagh said. Food safety experts say horse DNA poses no added health risks to consumers, but the discovery has raised concerns about the food supply chain and the ability to trace meat ingredients. Investigations into suppliers have been launched in recent weeks after revelations that beef products sold at major British supermarkets including Tesco and fast-food chain Burger King contained horse meat. Video Source: Reuters