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FULL REPORT: "Bute" found in horse meat

Horse meat from a Somerset abattoir has been found to contain traces of a potentially harmful painkiller. The government's Food Standards Agency said six horses recently slaughtered by LJ Potter Partners in Taunton contained bute

The carcasses were sent to France where they may have entered the food chain. The abattoir in Staplegrove in the town insists it's done nothing wrong. Bob Cruwys spent the day there

School food supplier removes some products

Richard Lander School in Truro, Cornwall, has temporarily removed beef products, including Cornish pasties, from the menu as the horse meat scandal worsens. Eden Food Services, the company that supplies the school with meals, says it too is taking precautions:

We are extremely confident that no contamination has occurred in any of our beef products as a result of robust due diligence processes we have in place with our suppliers. However, as an added precaution we are removing a small number of beef products from sale until we have received the satisfactory guarantees from our suppliers. ... We are taking the current concerns very seriously, but we are completely satisfied that every step has been taken to ensure the integrity of our food chain.

– Eden Food Services


Traditional butchers boosted by horse meat scandal

Butchers in the West Country are seeing a rise in local trade after people are turning away from ready-cooked meat from supermarkets. It follows yesterday's findings that horsemeat from a Somerset abattoir has been found to contain traces of the potentially harmful painkiller Bute.

One butcher in Exeter says his business has boomed by a third. Our Somerset Corespondent David Woodland will have more on this story on ITV West Country News at 6pm.

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