Horsemeat: Welsh back action on food fraud

The Welsh food sector has told European politicians in Brussels that it is behind the law enforcement officers’ mission to beat food fraud.

Dai Davies, chairman of Welsh red meat promotion body Hybu Cig Cymru told MEPs and policy advisers in Brussels that mislabelling horsemeat as beef was now a problem affecting most countries in Europe.

He said: “The horsemeat scandal is hitting consumer confidence in processed foods. If a shopper wants a beef burger, they expect it to contain beef and not as was found in some supermarket burgers, mainly horsemeat. This is fraud on an enormous, Continent-wide scale and must be stopped.

“I think I speak for the entire Welsh food industry when I say that we are 100% behind Europe’s law enforcement officers to stop this fraud and bring any criminals involved in it to justice.”

Davies was speaking at an annual Welsh breakfast last Thursday in the European Parliament building, which is organised by the Farmers’ Union of Wales, to celebrate the best of Welsh Food.

He continued: “At the end of the day there may be a positive outcome to the horsemeat controversy if it means consumers pay more attention to the labels on their food – and for that we must thank the European Union.”