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Number of people who have eaten horse meat unknown

It is unlikely the exact number of people in the UK who have unwittingly eaten

horse meat will ever be known, the chief executive of the Food Standards Agency

(FSA) has conceded.

Catherine Brown said that testing was the right way to address the issue, and

said the focus would be on areas of higher risk.

But she admitted that how many people who had unknowingly eaten horse meat was

likely to be impossible to ascertain.

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Sheffield Council ends processed meat use in school meals

Sheffield Council has said it has suspended the use of all processed meat in school meals with immediate effect.

In a joint statement with caterer Taylor Shaw, it said:

Although we have been given assurances by our suppliers about the provenance of the pre-prepared food, we take the safety of the young people in our schools very seriously.

In light of the ongoing revelations of alleged illegal activity by unscrupulous people regarding the contamination of processed meat products this week, as a precaution we have taken the joint decision to suspend the use of all processed meat products in all school meals with immediate effect.

We hope that this will reassure parents and carers who may have any reservations about their children's school meals.

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Horsemeat scandal 'is a European problem'

Anne McIntosh, the chair of the Environment Select Committee has stated that the horsemeat scandal is a 'European problem'.

She said the committee was surprised how widespread the issue was, and that the Food Standards Agency needs to work closer with its European counterparts to solve the issue.

Ministers are now facing calls from MPs for more testing of processed meat.

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Scale of contamination in food chain 'breathtaking'

The Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee chairman Anne McIntosh described the scale of the contamination in the food chain as "breathtaking" and warned that restoring consumer confidence would take time and money.

The Government has a role to secure the correct balance between affordable food prices and effective regulations that require transparency and quality.

The consumer cannot be left to face a Catch 22 where they can either pay for food that complies with the highest standards of traceability, labelling and testing or accept that they cannot trust the provenance and composition of the foods they eat.

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Horsemeat scandal health fears

Ministers are facing calls from MPs for more testing of processed meat amid fears that beef products contaminated with horse meat could contain substances harmful to humans.

In a scathing report, the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee condemned the Government's "flat-footed" handling of the horse meat scandal, saying its ability to respond had been weakened by cuts to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The committee said the public appeared to have been "cynically and systematically duped" for financial gain by elements of the food industry - raising wider concerns about the safety of the contaminated products.

It seems improbable that individuals prepared to pass horse meat off as beef illegally are applying the high hygiene standards rightly required in the food production industry.

We recommend that the Government and FSA undertake a broader spectrum of testing for products found to have the highest levels of contamination ... to provide assurances that there is no other non-bovine DNA or any other substances that could be harmful to human health present.

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Owner of Welsh meat plant denies doing anything wrong

The owner of a Welsh meat processing plant which is being investigated for mislabelling horse as beef denies doing anything wrong.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd in Llandre, Aberystwyth, told ITV News:

I haven't done anything wrong. The authorities know the meat was going to be sent to Belgium. I haven't hidden anything.

– Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd

Mr Raw-Rees said that he has bought the beef from the abattoir in Yorkshire, which is also being investigated by the FSA.

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