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Horsemeat scandal: EU urges DNA tests of processed beef

13 February 2013 Last updated at 20:58 GMT

The EU is urging members to conduct random tests to tackle a widening scandal over mislabelled horsemeat.

All members should carry-out DNA tests on processed beef for traces of horsemeat for three months from 1 March, the health commissioner Tonio Borg has said.

Horsemeat should also be tested for the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone ("bute"), he added.

Mr Borg was speaking after a meeting with ministers from the UK, France and other affected countries in Brussels.