Ritchie to raise horse meat contamination at food committee

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013
SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie said she will be raising concerns about the robustness of food security in Ireland and Britain when she attends the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in Westminster. Ms Ritchie said she would be raising the issue following the detection of horse meat in beef burgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets. “Food production is a key economic driver on this island. The detection of this contamination of horse meat in beef burgers sold in leading supermarkets in Ireland and Britain is alarming and a cause of real concern,” Ritchie explained. “While the public can be assured that there is no danger to their health, there is a clear responsibility on processors and retailers to reliably label products and people should never be put in any doubt as to what they are consuming. “I will be raising this issue as a matter of urgency at the DEFRA Committee in Westminster. She added, “At the very least we need answers as to how this contamination happened, how long it has gone undetected and we need assurances and guarantees that there is robust and rigorous testing and investigation of our food by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and in the UK. Food security must be paramount at all times.”
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