HC 141, Fifth Report of Session 2013-14 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Food Contamination (HC141)' investigates how beef products sold in the UK since January 2013 became contaminated with horse meat.
The Committee finds that the evidence suggests the contamination was the result of fraud by elements of the food industry seeking to make profits.
The Committee recommends that:
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) must be given powers to compel industry to carry out food testing when needed;
Large retailers must carry out regular DNA testing of meat ingredients for frozen and processed meat products, with the costs borne by industry;
all test results must be submitted to the FSA and a summary published on the retailers' website;
The present system for issuing horse passports must change and a single national database be established in all EU Member States;
The FSA should have powers to ensure all local authorities carry out some food sampling each year;
Local authorities should adopt targeted sampling without requiring intelligence to support it; and
The Government should ensure there are sufficient, properly trained public analysts in the UK.
There was also surprise at the comparatively large number of horse carcasses from the UK which tested positive for the veterinary drug bute. A newly introduced system for testing horses for bute before they are released to the food system must continue with government and industry sharing the cost.
The government should reconsider the Machinery of Government changes it made in 2010 and make the FSA one step removed from the government departments it reports to.
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