Environment Secretary: Horsemeat 'conspiracy against public'

Horsemeat being sold to the public as beef is "fraud" and a "conspiracy against the public", the Environment Secretary said today.

Secretary of State for Environment, Owen Paterson says other tests may be done. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Asked if there were any plans to test for traces of other meats, such as dog, Owen Paterson said:

"It may be very isolated, it might be a small number of suppliers involved in the horse trade we don't know, but I think that as we progress and we'll know more over the course of the next few weeks, we can decide what to do next".

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