NFU: Regulation on UK farmers leads to foreign imports

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said the Government is powerless to impose a ban on meat imports unless beef contaminated with horse meat is found to be a health risk.

The government dismissed calls for a ban on importing meat from the European Union as the horsemeat scandal spread across the continent.

Speaking to ITV Daybreak, President of the NFU Peter Kendall, said that meat is often imported from abroad, as a result of Government 'regulation'.

He added that farmers need better policies that help them invest, to support the produce of British meat, so that we know where the food we eat is coming from.