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Horsemeat row: Government defends DEFRA reaction

The government has denied claims by Labour that it was 'asleep at the wheel' when details emerged of horsemeat being found in processed beef products.

Food Minister David Heath said that he convened a meeting of a range of groups including the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Trading Standards, retailers and processors to "make sure we did everything we could to get the information we need".

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh has criticised what she described as a "drip" of information, undermining consumer confidence.

  • 08 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK
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