Owen Paterson statement following meeting on horse meat

Published on Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:00
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today met Europol and Eurojust in the Hague to discuss meat fraud. After the meeting, he said:

"I'm very pleased that Europol is formally involved in the investigation on meat fraud, as first instigated by the UK Food Standards Agency.

"This morning I met Europol and Eurojust, who offered their full support to the national law enforcement agencies involved in meat fraud across Europe.

"This is an incredibly important step. It's increasingly clear that this case reaches right across Europe. It's clear that Europol is the right organisation to coordinate efforts to uncover all wrongdoing and bring criminals to justice, wherever there may be.

"I will be speaking to my European colleagues again to urge their enforcement agencies to follow our lead and share all information they have with Europol."

Source: Defra

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