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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MPs criticise slow pace of horsemeat investigation

Horsemeat was found in products including beef burgers. Credit: PA

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

The Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said the authorities in both the UK and Ireland - where horse DNA was first discovered in processed beef products - had yet to acknowledge the scale of the illegal activity involved.

The committee called for assurances that the authorities will act if evidence is uncovered to support criminal prosecutions.

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