Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it was "unacceptable" for any business to defraud the public, and that he "expected the full force of the law" to be brought against any company found to be selling horsemeat as beef.
"This is absolutely shocking. It’s totally unacceptable if any business in the UK is defrauding the public by passing off horsemeat as beef", he said. "I expect the full force of the law to be brought down on anyone involved in this kind of activity".
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