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Defra

This little piggy went to market. Image: Getty

Piggies in the middle: why we need to have confidence in our food labelling systems

19 September 2013 13:49

Just 9 months after the horsemeat scandal revealed that products labelled as beef did, in fact, contain horsemeat, one might have expected the food standards authority to have cracked down… Continue reading

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RSPCA

Is the RSPCA no longer an animal welfare charity?

7 August 2013 16:29

In January of this year, Melissa Kite wrote our cover story about how the RSPCA has morphed from being an animal welfare charity into an animal rights group.  She wrote of the… Continue reading

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Is it horse? Or is it beef? And whose is it, anyway? Image: Getty

Never accept meat from strangers

16 May 2013 10:00

Never accept meat from strangers. That seems to be the lesson of the horsemeat scandal – at least for the ex-commercial director of Freeza Meats. In September 2012, an Environment Health… Continue reading

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A 'Stop the Cull' protestor in a badger suit poses outside the Defra on Wednesday. Image: Getty

Is vaccination a workable alternative to a badger cull?

3 May 2013 10:37

Brian May dressed in a badger suit, singing a specially-composed ‘badger song’? That’s what we were promised on Wednesday morning, but alas, the stunt never pulled through. We did, however,… Continue reading

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A horse on display at a horse market in Poland. Image: Getty

After the bute revelation, what’s the government doing to prevent another horsemeat scandal?

11 April 2013 16:47

When shadow Defra minister, Mary Creagh, first raised the possibility four months ago that the veterinary drug phenylbutazone – aka bute – might be found in horsemeat in supermarket products… Continue reading

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Horsemeat for sale in a French butchers last week. Image: Getty

Horsemeat scandal: four key questions

17 February 2013 10:35

The ongoing horsemeat scandal has opened up a hugely complicated web stretching across the EU, highlighting the difficulty of tracing the origins of the meat on sale in this country.… Continue reading

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Drugs which are safe for him aren't necessarily safe for you Image: Getty

How could carcinogenic drugs have got into the food chain? Ask Defra

24 January 2013 17:28

Shadow Defra minister Mary Creagh told MPs today about her fears that a carcinogenic drug commonly used as an anti-inflammatory in horses could have entered the human food chain. Speaking… Continue reading

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These ponies might look healthy, but they're not necessarily edible. Image: Getty

Horse meat in burgers might not be as harmless as you think

22 January 2013 12:30

This week’s discovery that some burgers sold in UK supermarkets contain up to 29 per cent horse meat was met with a combination of concerns about the labelling and sourcing… Continue reading

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