Horsemeat scandal health fears

Ministers are facing calls from MPs for more testing of processed meat amid fears that beef products contaminated with horse meat could contain substances harmful to humans.

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EU commissioner to meet ministers over horsemeat

EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg and other European ministers will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to consider the implications of horsemeat found in products sold as beef, the current EU president country Ireland said.

Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wants to discuss "whatever steps may be necessary at EU level to comprehensively address this matter", the Irish government said in a statement on its EU presidency website.

The minister intends to discuss with the commission and other relevant ministers whatever steps may be necessary at EU level to comprehensively address this matter. The minister has also arranged to have the issue on the agenda for the next council of agriculture ministers later this month.

The minister said he would continue to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure this issue is addressed in a comprehensive and effective manner.

It is worth noting that it was because of the vigilance of our testing and control regime in Ireland that what is now a pan European problem was exposed.

– Irish EU Presidency statement

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