PM: Horsemeat crisis of 'significant concern' to public

The PM believes people are right to be concerned over any mislabelling of what they eat. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

David Cameron's official spokesman has said the horsemeat contamination scandal is "an issue of significant public concern".

He confirmed Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt met with Mr Cameron at Downing Street this morning to discuss the problem.

"The Prime Minister will want to keep very much up to speed with what is going on," he said, adding that Mr Cameron had full confidence in Mr Paterson's response.

"Yes, the Prime Minister's view is that the Secretary of State is doing the right thing," he said.