Jersey health plans law change to challenge mis-labelling

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Jersey could challenge processed food manufacturers that do not meet certain standards under planned new legislation.

Val Cameron, the head of the Health Protection Service, said the States could taken action in future.

It follows the discovery that Findus lasagne contained up to 100% horse meat.

Spar, Iceland, Checkers and the Co-Op all sold the meal but it has now been removed from the stores.

'No public risk'

Ms Cameron said the new legislation would require manufacturers to put the right information on labels.

She said: "There is no public health risk from eating lasagne but we do understand some members of the public would be concerned to find they had eaten horse meat."

She said as most products were imported to the island from England, Jersey officials had to rely on labels being correct.

"It is frustrating these products are imported and don't have the right composition," she said.

"We carry out routine surveillance of all the foods in the island, but as you can imagine the range of products is vast, it would cost a fortune to try to test all of them before they are marketed in the island."

Findus said on Friday that it had tested all its other beef products and found no evidence of contamination.

It said: "We understand this is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately.

"We do not believe this to be a food safety issue. We are confident that we have fully resolved this supply chain issue."

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