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Europol to co-ordinate criminal investigation into horse meat scandal

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Following the meeting of agriculture ministers called for by Ireland, European Law enforcement agency Europol is to co-ordinate a criminal investigation into the horse meat scandal in several countries.

The European Commission is also to contribute half the estimated cost of €3m for the introduction of random DNA testing of processed beef products.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD described the horse meat issue as an “EU-wide problem that needs an EU-wide solution”.

“We need to find out who was responsible, how it happened and put systems in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he is reported as saying.

The agriculture ministers also agreed to test for bute, a horse anti-inflammatory drug which could be dangerous if passed on to humans.

Three months of checks are expected to be launched in March involving 2,500 random tests on processed food for horse DNA and 4,000 for bute.

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