Chorley MP calls for inquiry over horse meat discovery 'inaction'

Lindsay Hoyle MP

Lindsay Hoyle MP

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CHORLEY MP Lindsay Hoyle is seeking answers from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Chorley Council over monitoring contaminated horse meat in local shops.

He responded to a Parliamentary question from Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creogh, who asked the Health Minister for details of the five horse carcasses which tested positive for phenylbutazone in 2012, one of which came from the Chorley area.

Chorley Council told Mr Hoyle it visited the farm in Brindle where the horse originated. It said the horse had been sent to the slaughter house and was then passed to a meat supplier in Cheshire.

Mr Hoyle said: “I have spoken with council leader Alistair Bradley who has informed me that Chorley Council did carry out its responsibilities and reported back to the FSA.

“My concern is that the Food Standards Agency did not then take further action following the report by Chorley Council.”

Mr Hoyle has written to the FSA asking for a full inquiry.

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11:53am Wed 6 Feb 13

Charley Askey says...

I think we should all know that Phenylbutazone is an anti-inflammatory drug, which is regularly given to horses to treat lameness, pain and fever. It is commonly used as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in equine circles. Parts of it is banned from entering the human food chain in the EU - and why? – Well get this - because it can cause cancer.

I understand that our four legged friends that have been treated with it should have it recorded on their passports, but one of our major political parties, of whom a certain honourable man nearby is a member, claim the issuing of such documents is fragmented in the UK, as there are more than 70 approved issuing organisations and no united database to track the horses records.

It seems to me to many cooks are spoiling the broth, may be if we had more Clarity, Transparency and a Disclosure from those concerned, then these sorts of things might not be putting our children, our communities and ourselves at risk?

I would like to agree with our honourable friend Mr Hoyle, this issue seems to me beyond asking such questions and pussyfooting round with the Food Standards Agency - I feel this is such a serious matter - that a full inquiry or I would say full investigation possibly by the police. True - time for action - not questions.
I think we should all know that Phenylbutazone is an anti-inflammatory drug, which is regularly given to horses to treat lameness, pain and fever. It is commonly used as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in equine circles. Parts of it is banned from entering the human food chain in the EU - and why? – Well get this - because it can cause cancer. I understand that our four legged friends that have been treated with it should have it recorded on their passports, but one of our major political parties, of whom a certain honourable man nearby is a member, claim the issuing of such documents is fragmented in the UK, as there are more than 70 approved issuing organisations and no united database to track the horses records. It seems to me to many cooks are spoiling the broth, may be if we had more Clarity, Transparency and a Disclosure from those concerned, then these sorts of things might not be putting our children, our communities and ourselves at risk? I would like to agree with our honourable friend Mr Hoyle, this issue seems to me beyond asking such questions and pussyfooting round with the Food Standards Agency - I feel this is such a serious matter - that a full inquiry or I would say full investigation possibly by the police. True - time for action - not questions. Charley Askey
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