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Horsemeat: FSA should be 'more fit for purpose'

The government's response to the horsemeat scandal has been criticised as "flat-footed" by MPs who are calling for greater testing of contaminated beef products to reassure people there isn't a threat to human health.

After a short inquiry, the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said if criminals were passing off horse meat illegally as beef, then they probably weren't applying adequate hygiene standards.

Until now, ministers have insisted there is not any evidence of a risk to health from the contaminated items.

Conservative MP Anne McIntosh told the Today programme's John Humphrys that "the FSA (Food Standards Agency)... is the police force is this regard of applying food standards... and we just think they should be more fit for purpose."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 14 February 2013.

  • 14 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK