A UK Parliamentary committee, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA), has published a Food Contamination report in response to the contamination of beef by horsemeat discovered in early 2013.
The EFRA committee report contains a number of findings and expresses disappointment over the slow pace of the investigation and the lack of any criminal prosecutions to date. It considers prosecution of those responsible as essential for restoring consumer confidence in the industry.
The committee is also critical of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) in its role as an industry regulator, which it says should be much clearer. The report also recommends that large retailers be made to carry out more DNA testing of meat ingredients, with the results made public.
The lack of properly trained public analysts and laboratories to carry out food testing in the UK is also singled out as a concern. The MPs conclude that this could lead to samples taken by local authorities being sent abroad for testing, adding to the time delay and the cost to local authorities.
The full report can be found here.