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Horsemeat scandal: EU launches immediate wider tests

15 February 2013 Last updated at 22:51 GMT

EU member states plan to start testing immediately for horse DNA in processed beef foods and to detect an illegal medicinal drug in horsemeat.

The decision came at a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain, focused on the horsemeat scandal involving 12 European states.

Horse DNA has been found in numerous processed beef frozen meals.

Dutch officials have raided a meat processing plant suspected of mislabelling beef, prosecutors say.

French supplier Spanghero has apologised to UK consumers over the horsemeat, but denied selling it deliberately.

Matthew Price reports.