Guardian report on horsemeat scandal is ‘well-informed’ claims AIMS

An article about investigations into the horsemeat scandal published in The Guardian at the weekend has been called “well-informed” by Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) policy director Norman Bagley.

According to the article, which was published on the front page of Saturday’s Guardian, there are growing fears in the UK that the investigation to identify the “full extent” of the fraud could be shut down. Felicity Lawrence wrote in the newspaper: “Senior sources in enforcement and the food industries have accused the Irish authorities of being more concerned to protect the Irish beef industry than to expose all the links in the chain.”

A source told Lawrence that it was unlikely the authorities would be able to prosecute any abattoirs or processors that sold undeclared horsemeat, because of the “wall of silence” in Ireland. asked the FSA for a quote and a spokeswoman said the FSA could not give any details about the investigations. “We are continuing to cooperate with other regulatory authorities across Europe," she added.

In the meantime, an EFRA committee will meet at 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon in the Palace of Westminster to take evidence from Freeza Meats and the FSA. Keep reading for more on the story.

A spokesperson from FSAI said: "In response to the article in Saturday’s Guardian newspaper regarding comments made during the UK EFRA Committee hearing on 23 April 2013, the FSAI states that it disputes the factually untrue statements and unfounded allegations that have been suggested by members of the EFRA Committee and in subsequent media reports in the UK. "


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