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Tests 'reveal horsemeat' in Pembrokeshire minced beef

Pembrokeshire County Council has withdrawn mince from its menus after being told a batch of frozen minced beef has potentially tested positive for horsemeat.

The mince was supplied by Welsh Bros Foods of Newport, Gwent, and was used by the council for schools, day centres and residential homes.

The council says it has also been made aware that frozen beef products supplied to Sodexo – a company providing catering services to the authority's privately-financed initiative school in Pembroke Dock – has tested positive for horsemeat.

Sodexo has withdrawn all frozen beef products from its UK catering operations.

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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."

Tesco boss Phillip Clarke, who today unveiled measures to guard against future scandals, is due to speak at the NFU annual conference today.

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Three products were withdrawn from the supermarket chain after one brand of burger was found to contain as much as 30% horsemeat in DNA tests.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

Watch Tesco boss Philip Clarke's interview with ITV News here

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Farmer sues over 'otter devastation'

A fish farmer is suing the Environment Agency for £2 million, claiming it allowed otters to swallow up his business.

Entrepreneur Brian Dobson, 60, went bust after otters ate thousands of fish brought in to build up the business, a court heard.

He was given planning permission to set up Waen Wen Fishery in the village of Tregarth, near Bangor, Gwynedd, in 1999.

Six lakes were dug to accommodate up to 20,000 carp and a partial harvest in late 2005 proved the scheme was coming along well.

Three years later he went to remove more fish to raise money to pay his mortgage only to discover all that was left were bones stripped bare.

File picture of an otter eating a fish. Credit: Ronald Wittek/DPA/Press Association Images

He claims the Environmental Agency (EA) ruined his business by encouraging otters to breed in the nearby River Cegin.

Mr Dobson also claims the EA constructed otter holts to encourage an increase in the river's otter population.

An expert on otters dismissed that view today, claiming that the EA's actions had no effect on otter numbers.

But Mr Dobson is suing the EA accusing it of breaching its duty of care by failing to warn him of what it was doing.

Farmers call for help with Schmallenberg virus

Farmers are calling on the Government to develop a vaccine for the Schmallenberg virus which affects sheep and cattle.

As the lambing season starts farmers are starting to see the virus affecting flocks. The virus can result in stillborn and deformed offspring.

Sheep covered in snow stand in a field near  Leicester
Sheep covered in snow stand in a field near Leicester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

DEFRA say the disease causes between 2-5% of losses for farmers, but three farmers have told ITV News that they have lost between 20% and 50% of their herds.

the National Farmers Union is calling for more help from central Government.

What is Schmallenberg virus? Analysis from ITV News Science and Health Editor Lawrence McGinty.

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