Horsemeat in the EU food chain:

Type: News   Reference: 91638   Duration: 00:03:23  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 18/02/2013   First transmission: 18/02/2013
- extracts from the exchange of views with Commission representatives and EFSA representatives EP Committee on Environment Background: MEPs exchanged views with Commission and EFSA representatives on the food scandal of horsemeat in the EU food chain on Monday 18th of February at the Premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was organised by EP Committee on Environment. EU member states plan to start testing immediately for horse DNA in processed beef foods and to detect an illegal medicinal drug in horsemeat. The decision came at a meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain, focused on the horsemeat scandal involving 12 European states. Horse DNA has been found in numerous processed beef frozen meals in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. Suspicious products have also been withdrawn in the Netherlands as tests are conducted there. Norway and Austria are the latest two European countries to find horsemeat being sold as beef, discovering it in ready-to-eat meals.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German): Peter LIESE (EPP, DE): It is a labelling problem, but I think that there is not a serious health. Consumers want to know what they are eating and at a time we told that DNA test were too expensive and I don't like the fact that these things are done in an emergence situation when we turned down for it last year and I think that the Commission has to make a proposal on cloning. The Commissioners has taking on this obligation, but others in the Commission are blocking it. 00:00:44
00:00:54 SOUNDBITE (English): Linda Mc AVAN (S&D, UK): The meat hygiene package is coming back in 2 weeks time and I would like to ask the Commission, do they really think now after everything we know of the last 2 weeks that the public can trust companies that they will be responsible for their own hygiene meat inspections. And will the Commission now confirm that they retain the system of independent inspections in slaughterhouses and not make any change, we were promised that many years ago, the last while there are lot of pressure from business and some governments in fact to move away from independent inspections, so can the Commission what they gone do and that is not a move that is popular at the moment? 00:00:44
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (English): Chris DAVIES, (ALDE, UK): How can it be that in one country that you have a fine of a 100 Euros for mislabelling perhaps and another says that serious sanctions will be carried out. I think that the Commission should explain what studies it is carrying out, what studies should be carried out and how we can ensure that those words effective, proportionate and persuasive are put into practise in all 27 Member state countries. 00:00:29
00:02:07 SOUNDBITE (English): Carl SCHLYTER, (Verts/ALE, SE): That for every supplier who has a squeezed profit margin the risk of tempting fraud will be increased, if you have origin labelling also in ready made food then you would have more long standing links with your suppliers and wouldn't has easily change as it would be difficult to re-label every week, so I think it would have an impact also down the control chain. 00:00:25
00:02:32 SOUNDBITE (English): Carl SCHLYTER, (Verts/ALE, SE): And in Sweden we had proc meat labelled as beef with the wrong color, with added colour to make it look like beef and nobody discovered it until dissatisfied consumers said this does not taste like beef. And then the company tested it and everything was discovered. 00:00:18
00:02:50 SOUNDBITE (English): Glennis WILLMOTT (S&S, UK): We have such complex supply chains so people might say we have meat from 13 different places, I think the consumer has the right to know that they there is meat from 13 different sources in the food they buying and if we had origin labelling the food manufactures would have to get a grip on the supply chain. 00:00:18
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