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Westminster hears further evidence on horse meat scandal
3:56pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
NORTH Yorkshire MP Anne McIntosh has heard further evidence on the contamination of beef products at a hearing in Westminster.
The Government’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which is chaired by the Malton, Thirsk and Filey MP, has already produced one damming report into the horse meat scandal.
The report criticised “flat-footed” ministers and revealed the contamination of products with horse meat was likely to stretch back to March 2012. The committee is still hearing evidence and on Tuesday (March 5) more organisations were called to give information.
The president of the National Farmers Union, Peter Kendall, the British Meat Processors Association and local government health and trading standards inspectors all answered questions.
Health inspectors gave evidence on funding and food testing procedures, whilst representatives from meat processing firms outlined their food chain and detection of contamination.
Representatives from the ABP Food Group, which owns Dalepak Hambleton and Silvercrest, also gave evidence.
The NFU addressed issues to do with regulation and the role of British meat producers.