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NFU boss: Farmers 'furious' about horsemeat scandal

The head of the NFU has called for better labelling of British meat Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The head of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said farmers are "furious" about the horsemeat scandal.

Peter Kendall said that shorter supply chains and better labelling of British meat would help prevent a repeat.

He added: "Our research also demonstrates the strong demand for British-farmed products, and so retailers, processors and food service companies have a responsibility to ensure there is clear country of origin labelling on the products that consumers purchase."

Horsemeat scandal on agenda at NFU conference

Horsemeat scandal on the agenda at the NFU conference in Birmingham Credit: PA

The horsemeat scandal, the row over milk prices and the crop crisis will be on the agenda at the National Farmers' Union conference in Birmingham today.

The Tesco CEO Philip Clarke will tell the conference he wants to buy more meat from the UK after horsemeat was found in some of the supermarket's own brand beef products.

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will also be there to speak to concerned farmers from across the country.

They're worried about government funding, the effects of poor weather and rising feed costs.

More than 1000 farmers are expected at the event which is on at the International Convention Centre for the next two days.

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Tesco unveils measures to clean supply chain

Tesco has announced three measures designed to ensure that another horsemeat scandal does not happen.

Three products were withdrawn from the supermarket chain after one brand of burger was found to contain as much as 30% horsemeat in DNA tests. The measures are as follows:

  • Import less meat from overseas
  • Develop closer relationships with suppliers in the UK
  • A new internal testing regime

Initial tests show no traces of horsemeat in Worcestershire school meals

Initial tests on school meals in Worcestershire have found no traces of horsemeat.

The county council's specialist scientific services have been checking meals meet the required standard.

The scandal has resulted in a number of products being taken off supermarket shelves after they were found to be contaminated. The council says it will have the full results of the samples tested next week.

A decision was taken earlier this week to proactively test meal samples from a number of schools throughout Worcestershire and we expect to have the full results of this exercise next week.

The analysis on the initial samples are complete and Worcestershire Scientific Services can confirm that of the 8 samples so far tested, all are negative for equine (horse) DNA.

– Paul Hancock, Worcestershire County Council's Public Analyst and Scientific Advisor for Scientific Services

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Leicester butchers see 30 per cent rise in trade amid the horsemeat scandal

Butchers in the Midlands say there's been a surge in trade amid the ongoing supermarket horsemeat scandal.

Butchers inside Leicester's indoor market say they've seen sales up by 30 per cent, as customers want to know where their meat is coming from.

Butchers say customers are loooking for reliability Credit: ITV News Central
Food safety experts across Europe have agreed new checks for labelling meat Credit: ITV News Central
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says it is "wholly unacceptable" Credit: ITV News Central
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Beef expected back on Staffordshire school menus 'after half term'

Having removed beef from the menu in the 350 schools in Staffordshire the council has said that they do expect to be serving beef after half term, which is next week:

We have every confidence in our suppliers, however while this story continues to be in the news it seemed sensible to offer an alternative meal, where beef is not Farm Assured and sourced in the UK.

As a council we are committed to promoting and using local produce as much as possible and are currently expanding a pilot scheme in schools where only meat from Staffordshire farms and this is being rolled out across the county.

While there is absolutely no suggestion that there is any problem with any of the beef supplied we wanted to take a belt and braces approach, but expect beef to see it back on the menu after half-term.

– Staffordshire County Councillor Mark Winnington
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