Asda boss' horsemeat shock

The boss of Asda today described his "shock" as revelations of the horsemeat contamination scandal broke, vowing to leave "no stone unturned" to address problems in the supply chain.

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Majority 'not worried' about eating horsemeat

A majority of people say they are not worried about unknowingly eating horsemeat, with men being especially unconcerned, according to an ITV News Index poll conducted by ComRes.

  • 27% of people said they think they have eaten horsemeat without their knowledge and are concerned about it.
  • Women are more likely to be concerned than men: 30% of women, compared to 23% of men.
  • 51% said they think they have probably eaten horsemeat but are not concerned about it.
  • 58% of men reported being unconcerned about eating horsemeat, compared with 45% of women

On the principle of eating horsemeat in general, the public seem divided, and strong gender differences prevail.

  • 44% said they do not mind eating horsemeat, as long as they knew what they are eating
  • 46% said they did mind eating horsemeat
  • 53% of men said they did not mind eating horsemeat, as long as they knew, whilst 56% of women said feel uncomfortable eating the meat

ComRes surveyed 2,050 people.

Third of public 'buying less supermarket meat'

One third of the British public claim they are buying less meat from supermarkets as a result of the horsemeat scandal, whilst 12% of people say the revelations have made them consider giving up meat altogether, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

  • 35% of people said they are buying less meat as a result of the horsemeat scandal
  • 22% of people said they have stopped buying meat from supermarkets altogether
  • 12% said they are actively considering giving up meat as a result of the scandal
  • Of the 12% who said they are considering giving up meat, 16% are women, and 9% are men
  • 8% said the scandal has made them give up meat altogether, already

Trust in food industry diminished by horsemeat scandal

Public confidence in the food industry has been undermined by the horsemeat scandal, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

  • 31% of people said they were confident the meat they buy contains the ingredients stated on the label.
  • 43% said they were not confident their meat product was correctly labelled.
  • 36% of people said they thought the food industry was "generally trustworthy"
  • 44% disagreed that the food industry was "generally trustworthy"

ComRes surveyed 2,050 people.

Horsemeat scandal to increase the price of beef

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson met with retailers today to discuss how they can restore public confidence in beef in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

The results from the remaining tests are expected on Friday and retailers have promised plans for more tests and stricter controls on food processing, but such tests are costly and it looks like consumers will be the ones to pay.

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Test results due as Euro police close in on meat traders

The Environment Secretary said he expects more test results on meat products by Friday as he confirmed investigations by Europol were well advanced.

Government ministers met with the European Union's law enforcement agency last Thursday.

Owen Paterson met with food retailers and trade bodies to discuss what was being done to restore consumer confidence following the horsemeat scandal. Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons were among those at the meeting.

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson speaking after the meeting with food industry representatives. Credit: ITV News

He said: "Today, the industry committed to work as hard as it can to get out the remaining results by Friday. They will be announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Some may be completed the following week, considering the pressures on laboratory capacity."

Mr Paterson added: "The FSA instigated proceedings with Europol, and I was there last week, and we look forward to the results of those investigations.

"Not just here, where they are working very closely with a number of police forces, but also in very active investigations in France and other countries, which will now be coordinated through Europol."

Mr Paterson said he would be meeting with the food industry on a regular basis.

Paterson: Remaining horsemeat test results by Friday

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has spoken after the meeting with supermarket bosses and representatives from the food industry on the horsemeat crisis:

Brits 'buying less meat' due to horsemeat scandal

The discovery of horsemeat in products sold as beef has shocked many consumers into buying less meat, a new survey by research company Consumer Intelligence.

An online poll of more than 2,200 adults found that the scandal has significantly altered people's shopping habits:

  • A fifth of adults said they had started buying less meat as a result of the scandal
  • 65% of respondents said they trusted food labels less as a result
  • 60% of adults surveyed said they would buy meat from their local butchers
  • 25% said they would buy more joints, chops or steaks instead of processed meat

Supermarket chiefs at Government horsemeat summit

A meeting between the Environment Secretary and representatives of leading supermarkets and food retail trade bodies has started at Defra's Westminster offices. Representatives from the following supermarkets and trade bodies are present:

  • Tesco
  • Asda
  • Sainsbury's
  • Morrisons
  • The Institute of Grocery Distribution
  • The Food and Drink Federation

Owen Paterson is expected to press those attending to do more to restore public trust in food following the scandal.

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