BBC News – Horsemeat scandal: EU urges DNA tests of processed beef

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21453370
13 February 2013 Last updated at 17:27 ET

Health Commissioner Tonio Borg outlines plans for DNA tests on processed beef

Horsemeat scandal

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 said.

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

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

“This is a Europe-wide issue that needs a Europe-wide solution,” Irish Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said. ….(more)

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