Anderson - New EU rules will prevent Horsemeat entering the food chain.
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the revision of rules for horse identification and registration in the wake of last year’s horsemeat scandal.
A Commission proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses was endorsed yesterday by EU Member States' experts.
Ms Anderson worked extensively during the last EU Parliamentary term for a revision of official controls and regulations in food safety to eliminate potential risks and to prevent any repeat of the horsemeat scandal.
“This revised Regulation provides a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent the inadvertent or fraudulent slaughter for human consumption of horses which must be excluded from the food chain.
“We have to enhance the safeguards which prevent fraudsters from damaging the excellent reputation of our food change by placing non-food quality horse meat on our plates.