Statement on horse meat

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Retailers should "take a more proactive role" to reassure customers that food is safe in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, according to Wales' deputy minister for agriculture.

In a statement on 19 February 2013 on the contamination of beef products Alun Davies told AMs that this was an "unacceptable" crime of economic gain.

But he stressed that he had confidence in the food chain in Wales and there was no evidence of a risk to human health.

"I am assured the meat supply chain here is robust and that these recent rogue incidents are not indicative of wider systemic failures in our food supply chain".

The minister told AMs that food was being tested across the whole supply chain, including products in supermarkets and those being supplied by caterers for schools, hospitals and prisons.

In a statement in the Senedd, he said: "I would like to see retailers taking a more proactive role in reassuring their customers that there is a robust system in place which ensures their safety and which underpins confidence in their products."

"I have confidence in the food chain and am determined to address any identified weak points as they arise.

"Integrity and trust are fundamental to consumer confidence in the food chain."

Mr Davies stressed that this was clearly a case of criminality and of mislabelling and that they must work now to ensure that this doesn't happen again and that the people responsible are prosecuted.

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