FSA raids UK firms
The Food Standards Agency and the police have raided the premises of two UK firms as part of the probe into the horsemeat scandal.
The FSA says it believes an abattoir in West Yorkshire had supplied horse carcasses to a meat supplier based in Aberystwyth, Wales.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson this evening said the discovery that UK firms were involved in the scandal was "absolutely shocking".
“It is utterly and totally disgraceful that any business, at any stage in food processing or food retailing, should try to pass off a product intended to be labelled as made from beef or bovine product, when it actually contains horse meat," he told reporters.
"We will be following it up with the full rigour of the investigative powers invested in the FSA, and if there has been criminal activity I expect the police to bring in the full force of criminal law.”
Mr Paterson is holding a meeting with supermarkets, distributors, and regulators tonight before attending a Brussels summit on the same issue tomorrow.
In a House of Commons debate this afternoon, Labour's Mary Creagh accused the Government of creating "a bureaucratic nightmare" for the food industry by fragmenting the Food Standards Agency in 2010.