EU ministers to hold horsemeat talks

European Union agriculture ministers are set to meet in Brussels for talks widely expected to focus on the continent’s growing horsemeat scandal, the BBC reports.

The labelling of the origin of meat and the traceability of the products will be high on the agenda.

The scandal erupted last month when horsemeat was found in some beef meals and burgers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Since then, supermarkets across Europe have had to withdraw affected prepared meals from their shelves.

The BBC says the original agenda of the ministerial meeting included support for rural communities and the common fisheries policy.

However, the ministers will now try to come up with measures to tackle the horsemeat scandal.

The report adds that there seems to be consensus that this is a pan-European problem that requires a concerted approach.

France and Germany both want compulsory labelling and traceability.

UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said on Friday that he would “continue to insist on concrete, co-ordinated action right across Europe when I meet European agriculture ministers on Monday.”

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