U.K. to Announce Review of Food Safety Over Horsemeat

U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will order a review of food safety following the horsemeat scandal, one of his deputies said.

In written statement to Parliament in London today, Agriculture and Food Minister David Heath said Paterson would “announce a strategic review of the incident and its implications for the food chain.”

The investigation will be “wide-ranging, to restore and maintain consumer confidence in the food chain and the responsibilities of food business and practice through the wider food chain, including: audit, testing, food authenticity, food safety and health issues,” Heath said.

European authorities are continuing to investigate concerns that foods advertised as containing beef contained undeclared horsemeat. Last week, the Dutch government announced a recall of 50,000 metric tons of beef. Tesco Plc, the U.K.’s largest supermarket operator, said in February it’s examining “all aspects” of its supply chain after horse was discovered in some products.

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