Extracts from the press conference by Tonio Borg on the findings of horse meat in meat products containing different type of meat
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/02/2013 First transmission: 13/02/2013
On 13 February 2013, Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, made a statement on horse meat issue ahead of the Agriculture informal meeting with the EU's most affected countries. On this occasion, he said that the European Commission is working closely with national authorities to identify the source of the problem. He also stressed that it is an issue of deceptive labelling, and not a health case at present. Agriculture Ministers from Germany, France, Britain, Luxembourg, Sweden, Romania and Poland will discuss in Brussels the scandal over horse meat in products labelled as beef.
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||General view of the speakers at the press conference on findings of horse meat in meat products containing different types of meat
||Soundbite by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, (in ENGLISH): So, this issue is not the result of a lack of legislation. Because you can only break the law if there is a law. And there is a law. The law is very clear. It applies to this case. If there is horse meat in burgers or horse meat in beef lasagne, there should have been a labelling indicating that there is horse meat in that lasagne and or horse meat in that burger. So, it is evident that somewhere down the line wherever these meat products have gone through different countries, someone in those countries has fraudulently or perhaps negligently labelled a product in a deceptive way.
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||Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): The second point, the enforcement of this legislation regarding labelling is in the hands of the Member States which is why this evening, the Irish Presidency has convened a meeting of the Ministers from those countries affected by this issue. We will discuss this issue, particularly from the point of view of enforcement and joint actions. And, of course, there will be a press briefing at the end of this meeting this evening.
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||Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): Extend the labelling on place of origin now, also to process food, we are studying this on an impact assessment report.
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