'Rapid transfer of information' to tackle meat scandal

A major priority is closer co-ordination between us and Europol is the appropriate agency because it responds to requests from nation states.

It is quite clear that we also need a much more effective and rapid transfer of information on this, and that was agreed.

What was clear (at the meeting) was the absolute unity of purpose of the member states to get to the bottom of this. We do not know exactly what has gone wrong. Investigations are ongoing. We do not yet know detail of any of these incidents. We've not got to bottom of any of them.

This is a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public. It looks like it has gone beyond incompetence, and now looks as if it is criminal.

– Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary