Public service trade union Unison said the presence of horse DNA in beef burgers should have been picked up by British authorities, but Government cuts to food trading and meat hygiene services mean vital safety checks are being limited.
The union said the scandal demonstrated the industry was not fit to self-regulate and criticised the "dramatic falls in levels of activity" across the food safety industry, including:
- 29% drop in new prosecutions
- 265 fall in total number of schedule inspections
- 24% fall in total number of visits for enforcement purposes
The horsemeat scandal demonstrates how long and complicated the food chain we all depend on is. Regulating our food supply is expensive.
Some of the best, and worst, jokes and gags from Twitter users discussing the discovery of horse DNA in some supermarket beef burgers.
We've seen the jokes on Twitter but the discovery of horse and pig DNA in beefburgers poses a serious question; where did it come from?