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Should retailers comment on horsemeat?

Downing Street has criticised what it sees as the reluctance of retailers to comment publicly on the horsemeat crisis.

Sources at Number Ten have said it is not acceptable for retailers to remain silent and that some of the big supermarkets have questions to answer.

Helen Dickinson, director of the British Retail Consortium, told Today presenter John Humphrys that retailers had been concentrating on testing processed beef products - and would be releasing initial results this afternoon.

"Making sure that products are being taken off the shelves is the most important thing' she explained, when asked why supermarket chains had not been speaking to the media.

Dr Duncan Campbell, a senior British food inspector, said that "I don't think we have got to the bottom of it yet.

"It's the food seller's responsibility to make sure food is "safe and as it says it is on the label", he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 15 February 2013.

  • 15 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK