Horsemeat

As promised during the General Meeting of the Agriculture Council on 13 February last, I can now inform you, on behalf of the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and myself, of the latest state of affairs in relation to the discovery of equine DNA in beef products. This concerns possible mislabelling of products and thus misleading of consumers. We also look at the presence of residues of veterinary medicines as they affect food safety and public health.