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Owen Paterson: Meat ban 'would not be helpful'

Officials in Romania are investigating if horsemeat discovered in beef products in Britain and France came from an abattoir in the country.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Commons food and rural affairs committee, Anne McIntosh, has called for a temporary ban on meat imports from the EU.

But speaking to the BBC's Sunday Politics, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said such a moratorium was not allowed under EU rules and "would not be helpful".

He said the British government was determined to "get to the bottom of" the scandal but that there was currently no evidence of a threat to human health.

  • 10 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK
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