Consumers are being 'defrauded' by horsemeat scandal

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told reporters that consumers are being "defrauded" by the on-going horsemeat scandal, and the sooner it can be resolved the sooner confidence can be restored in European food systems.

Mr Paterson was speaking ahead of a summit in Brussels with his European counterparts to discuss the scandal.

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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.