People should not throw away frozen meat products in the wake of the revelations about horsemeat in Findus lasagne, the food minister had said. David Heath advised consumers to carry on eating meat unless told otherwise.
The Food Standards Agency has asked UK firms to test all processed beef foods, but said it did not “suspect there is any health issue with frozen food”.
Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh has expressed fears that other contaminated foods may be found. Mr Heath said the government’s advice was “exactly that” of the FSA’s.
“The FSA says there is no reason to suppose there is a health risk and therefore the advice is to carry on with normal shopping habits until you are told otherwise,” he told the BBC.
Earlier this week, a third-party French supplier alerted Findus to concerns that the beef lasagne product did not “conform to specification”.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said Findus had tested the meat in 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals in which it contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat. The company has withdrawn the meals and reiterated its apology.
The FSA said it was “highly likely” criminal activity was to blame for the contamination.
- BBC News
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