MP hints at ban on EU meat imports


 The Telegraph / February 8, 2012

Anne McIntosh, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, has suggested a ban on EU meat imports may be necessary, adding that French authorities would not have hesitated to issue a moratorium on British meat had the UK sent contaminated meat to France.


Horsemeat in the EU; Beef in England

Horsemeat in the EU; Beef in England

The Conservative member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton was speaking after Findus, one of the most popular brands of frozen foods, withdrew 180,000 lasagnes from sale after carrying out tests on meals from a French supplier that had raised concerns.

The frozen food company found that 11 out of 18 ready meals, which were advertised as containing 100 per cent beef, were actually between 60 per cent and 100 per cent horse meat. The lasagne was sold by Tesco, Asda and Morrisons.

Findus said it did not know how long the product had been on the shelves, but admitted that Comigel, based in Metz, north-east France, had been supplying meat for its lasagnes for more than two years.

Tesco also withdrew its Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese, which it said had been supplied by the same plant in France for five months. Aldi has withdrawn some of its frozen ready meal lines.

The scandal first began last month when beefburgers sold in UK supermarkets including Tesco were found to contain traces of horsemeat.

Stating that the “common strand” in these cases was meat imported from “France, Poland or Ireland”, Ms McIntosh said the legal responsibility for testing the exports lay with the EU member states.

She implied that a moratorium on imports would be welcome until standards of testing could be assured across the European Union.

“This meat should have never entered the UK food chain at all,” she said.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • If this meat contains any Horse Meat from American Horses slaughtered in Canada and Mexico, you can be certain that the paper work presented with that horse was fraudulent, as there is no system that meets the requirements of the EU. The horses, companions, and sport horses, race horses and work horses have ALL been given drugs that are not approved for human consumption, often as recently as 1 week prior to slaughter. Anyone who eats this meat may be exposed to BUTE and other drugs, and it can make humans very ill. Has anyone in England ever been ill after eating frozen lasagna???

    February 8, 2013
  • I agree with Paula Denmon, regarding the tainted horsemeat, if it comes from US or Canadian horses it will be tainted. Bute can be in it, as well as wormers. Fraudulent papers can be signed by anyone not knowing the history of the horse, kill buyers generally do not know the horses in their care.

    February 8, 2013
  • Paula and Yvonne are absolutely right. Over half the horses slaughtered in Canada were brought in by the “kill buyers” from the US. We also send many thousands of horses every year to Mexico for slaughter in EU regulated plants.

    As was stated above, these horses were never intended to be food animals. They have received banned substances throughout their lives. And, since there is not a shred of honesty in the entire horse meat trade, you will probably never know where that horse meat actually originated.

    My advice – ride and enjoy horses – that’s what they were bred for. Eat animals that were raised for that purpose and you’ll be much better off.

    February 9, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    What is taking them so long? Get to it before more US toxic horses is sold overseas.

    March 27, 2013