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Supermarkets horsemeat scare

Waitrose has become the latest supermarket to pull beef burgers from its selves in the horsemeat scare. The Food Standards Agency is investigating the discovery of horse DNA in beef burger products.

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Report: 'Horsemeat could have been used for years'

A food policy expert has criticised the Food Standards Agency, telling the The Telegraph that horsemeat could have been in burgers 'for years' after the agency admitted it had never tested food sold in Britain for horsemeat.

File photo: beef burgers Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University, London, told the paper: “It could have been going on for years but we wouldn’t know about it because we have never conducted tests.

“For too long we have had light touch regulation. The Food Standards Agency has to be institutionalised into taking a more critical approach. They have to work on the assumption that things could go wrong.”

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