Horsemeat: labelled as beef discovered in Lancashire

Horsemeat labelled as beef, imported from Hungary, has been discovered by Lancashire County Council.

The council informed the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which said 100kg of horsemeat had been imported into the country, labelled as beef.

A statement from the FSA said: “The meat was imported by Hungarian Food in Preston. Investigations showed that 40kg were sold through Hungarian Food’s own market stall in Preston, and through a shop in Liverpool called Taste of Hungary. The remaining meat has been withdrawn from sale. The meat was sold in 1kg bags labelled as ‘diced beef’.

“The Food Standards Agency has notified the European Commission and the Hungarian authorities. The local authority is investigating and the meat will be tested for the veterinary drug ‘bute’."