The Western Mail
February 12, 2013
Those responsible for the contamination of processed beef products with horse meat are betraying the entire food industry, according to red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC).
The Food Standards Agency has now ordered all British companies to test their processed beef products after recent analysis of lasagne made by Findus found that up to 100% of the meat came from horses in some cases.
HCC's chairman Dai Davies said: "Following the latest revelation that some consignments of Findus lasagne contained up to 100% horse meat, it is obvious that there has either been a catastrophic failure of quality control during the manufacturing process or it is as a result of a deliberate criminal act."
The Food Standards Agency has also said that it was "highly likely" that criminal activity was responsible for the contamination of the beef products.
It said the products were supplied by Comigel, a French meat supplier, based in Metz.
Davies said: "I believe that regardless of whether it was a deliberate or accidental act, those who are responsible should be prosecuted.
"It is clear there has been an unacceptable breakdown in the manufacture of these processed foods which must be fully investigated by the authorities to ensure that it does not happen again.
"When consumers buy any food product it is only right that they get exactly what is described on the box.
"The great shame about this incident is that it could undermine consumer confidence in the entire food chain when the truth is that here in the UK we have one of the most tightly-regulated farming industries in the world."
Tesco confirmed that it was informed of a product withdrawal by Findus last Monday but did not give any more details.
Findus was not available for comment.
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