Agriculture minister David Heath told the Commons the Food Standards Agency checks all meat to ensure it is fit for human consumption, following claims by Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh that carcinogens may have made their way into the food chain through contaminated horse meat.
Where positive results of phenylbutazone are found the FSA investigates and takes follow-up action to trace the meat.
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