AM calls for spot checks after 'horse meat' raid

The AM representing Ceredigion says the Food Standards Agency raid on Farmbox Foods at Llandre near Aberystwyth has dented confidence in the whole of the meat industry. Elin Jones, who's a former rural affairs minister, says there now need to be spot checks of meat on sale in shops.

It’s really disappointing that a business in Ceredigion is under suspicion for illegally labelling horsemeat as beef. This investigation needs to be thorough and immediate. When an event such as this happens, confidence in the whole of the meat industry is dented and the reputation of all farmers and processors are in danger of being tarnished. It’s important for consumers to know that food labelled as Welsh lamb and Welsh beef has full traceability and remains the best on the market.

I want Governments and retailers to learn the lessons from this horsemeat scandal. In the future, the FSA should be resourced to undertake spot-check DNA sampling of meat on retailers shelves. The technology now exists to do this, and this scandal came to light when Irish authorities undertook such sampling. If retailers and processors were subject to random DNA checks, then this problem would soon be eradicated.**

– Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru AM for Ceredigion

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