News Summary: EU steps up checks for horsemeat

EU countries approve a plan to more intensive testing to detect horsemeat in beef

Associated Press

EQUINE EXAMINATION: European Union countries are going ahead with a plan for more intensive checks to detect horsemeat in food labeled as beef as they try to contain a widening scandal.

RUNAWAY SCANDAL: An emergency meeting was held Friday in Brussels in a bid to restore consumer confidence following the discovery of significant amounts of horsemeat in products sold as beef. Millions of burgers and frozen meals have been recalled across Europe.

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL: horsemeat will now be tested for phenylbutazone, or bute, an anti-inflammatory veterinary drug that's illegal to use in animals used for food.

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