Minister: Horsemeat burgers 'extremely serious issue'

A general view of four beef burgers in a frying pan.
Traces of horse DNA were found in 10 beef burger products sold in the UK and Ireland. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Environment Minister David Heath said the issue of horse DNA being found in beef burgers is "extremely serious".

"Consumers should have full confidence that food is exactly what it says on the label", Mr Heath said. "There are strict rules" requiring food to be labelled accurately, he added.

Mr Heath's came in response to an urgent question in the Commons asked by Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh.

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