Who’ll shut stable door after horse scandal?

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From: John S Murray, Moorside Road, Honley, Holmfirth.

IT is interesting that the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, one of the most Eurosceptic of Ministers, is now advocating EU legislation as a solution to the current horsemeat problems. This was proposed before in 2011 but the government said it would be too difficult to put a regulation into practice because the meat supply chain was complex. It would just be another example of “red tape from Brussels” so took no action.

Surely it is common sense that a problem that has affected so many EU member states (including the UK) needs EU-wide measures to combat it and we should be in there at the drafting of any proposal. If we were to leave the EU we would have no say at all in the solution to such a cross-boundary scam.

From: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon.

THERE was an article in your paper (Yorkshire Post, February 22) about the horsemeat scandal, highlighting Asda’s pledge to ensure that all its meat products are horse-free.

Chief executive Andy Clarke told the paper that they would leave no stone unturned in making sure that this was the case.

He was then asked whether
 the price of their meat would increase as a result of the extra testing. His response was that “we will work really hard to manage inflation out. I cannot say that nothing will be passed on to the consumer”.

But why should it be? This is all the fault of the supermarkets and/or their suppliers, and nothing whatsoever to do with their customers. All the major supermarkets make very substantial profits, and surely the cost of all such testing should come out of their bottom lines?

From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

On the subject of the horse-meat fraud, David F Chambers shouldn’t be too daunted by the thought of “straying into the realms of vegetarianism” (Yorkshire Post, February 26).

My 48-year-old son has not eaten meat since he was 15 and he is as strong as, well, a horse.