Met Police 'do not have sufficient information' to begin horsemeat investigation
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said the police do not yet have sufficient information to start an investigation into allegations of criminal activity relating to horsemeat contamination.
We've talked to the FSA and what we've asked them to do is to give us any evidence that they've got of a crime, and of course we will investigate.
People have got suspicions, I think the minister said there are two broad options, which is either negligence or criminal conspiracy.
They are the options, but of course we can't investigate to see which of the options is true, we just need some information to help us.
Secondly it sounds like there will be a jurisdictional issue. If there is a crime, is it one that has been committed within the UK, or is it one that has been committed abroad?
When we've established those two things, we will know whether or not we take any further action.
There has to be some evidence or intelligence at least on which to base an investigation. At the moment there's clearly suspicion, but not enough yet to start off an investigation.
MPs were today debating food adulteration in a House of Commons debate called by Labour.