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Horse meat scandal

Another firm in our region has been drawn into the horse meat scandal. Paragon Quality Foods, in Doncaster is now testing all its products after a burger it sold to hotel and pub giant Whitbread was find to contain horse DNA.

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MP calls for European-wide testing of meat

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, today called for European-wide testing of meat products:

With every passing day this scandal seems to get wider. I raised the problem of bute contaminated horsemeat being released into the food chain with Defra Ministers last month yet up until two days ago horses were still not being tested for bute and were being released for human consumption. Parliamentary answers released this week show 9,405 horses were slaughtered in the UK for human consumption abroad last year. We must make sure horse meat is not contaminated with bute.

We need other European countries to test for horse meat to see the how far this horse adulteration has spread. It is not just the food industry that is losing faith with Owen Paterson, the Prime Minister is too.

– Mary Creagh, MP, Shadow Environment Minister

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