MPs criticise horsemeat probe

MPs have condemned the slow pace of the investigation into the horsemeat scandal, with no prosecutions six months after the problem was first identified.

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Concern at 'lack of clarity' on horsemeat responsibility

  • The MPs acknowledged that horsemeat contamination was limited to a "relatively small" number of beef products sold in the UK, with 99% of products tested containing no horse DNA
  • Across the EU as a whole, 4.66% of products tested were found to contain more than 1% horse DNA
  • The committee complained that there was still a "lack of clarity" within Whitehall over where responsibility lay for dealing with such issues
  • It expressed "surprise" that in EU-mandated tests, 14 out of 836 samples of horsemeat from the UK tested positive for the painkiller bute - the highest number of positive tests in the EU

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