Horse meat update

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Speaking after today’s key meeting with retailers regarding the horsemeat issues, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead said:

“Today’s meeting with UK and Welsh Government Ministers and many retailer, manufacturer and food service provider chief executives was useful.

“I highlighted that in my view there is an absolute need for supply chains to be shorter and easier to track and for high quality local produce to be used whenever possible.

“What was very clear was that everyone in the room wants to resolve this issue as quickly as possible so that consumers regain the confidence and trust they have always had in Scottish and UK food providers.

“As testing continues it is reassuring that the vast majority of tests being carried out are negative for horse meat. However we cannot be complacent and a precautionary approach will continue to be taken.”