PM and Chancellor pushed on horsemeat
Both David Cameron and George Osborne today ducked challenges about their own consumption of processed beef.
The Prime Minister sidestepped a question about his own eating habits, saying he was following the guidance put out by the Food Standards Agency. Pushed at Prime Minister's Questions, he said: "I'm following very closely what the FSA say. What the FSA say is that there is nothing unsafe on our shelves."
On Sky News, the Chancellor was presented with a ready meal but would not say whether he would be happy to eat it. Asked whether he would feel comfortable eating the £1.50 meal or feeding it to his children, Mr Osborne said:
"Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, is taking tough action to make sure there are checks in place... What I want, what my family wants, what every family in this country wants, is to make sure we have good, up-to-date labelling on our food and that's what this Government is ensuring there's going to be."
Two British meat processing firms have been raided by food inspectors in connection with the scandal. West Yorkshire company, Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse and Welsh firm Farmbox Meats were suspended from supplying food by the FSA last night.
At PMQs, Mr Cameron stressed that anyone found guilty of criminal behaviour in the horsemeat scandal must face the full force of the law. The Prime Minister also put pressure on supermarkets, saying that retailers "do bear a real responsibility here".
Asked if the Government had 'got a grip' on horsemeat, the No.10 spokesman said: "Yes we have. The Government, working with the FSA and European partners, is doing the right thing."
In a pre-recorded interview with BBC Newsnight, the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said events amounted to a "European crisis" - not a Romanian or British one.