13 February 2013 Last updated at 17:27 ET
Health Commissioner Tonio Borg outlines plans for DNA tests on processed beef
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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)