I think that Owen Paterson's approach up until now of 'blaming' criminal gangs for the contamination has been rather beside the point. I think most consumers want to know is whether this meat is safe to eat and how extensive the contamination really is.
Now Mr Paterson should shed some light on that when he gives a statement to MPs in the House of Commons. He may perhaps clear up the confusion of whether the EU can ban imports of these processed meat products as well.
I understand that he has had several phone calls pencilled in in his diary with his European counterparts for tomorrow and I think that it does indicate that there may be some coordinated action pretty soon.
A leading food scientist says the rule change that sparked the horsemeat beef scandal affected lamb products too, and they should be tested.
Retailers and the Food Standards Agency held an emergency meeting today to decide how to proceed with the horsemeat scandal.
The government has called an emergency meeting with retailers and the Food Standards Agency to discuss the horsemeat scandal.