By Daniel Hunter

British Retail Consortium (BRC) members are already active in the areas outlined by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson in his Statement to the House yesterday (Monday) on the meat supply chain.

British Retail Consortium Director General Helen Dickinson said: "As we confirmed to the Secretary of State on Saturday, our members take their responsibilities to customers very seriously. They have already taken the initiative and are devoting substantial resources to action in all of the areas he outlined in his Statement.

"They are leading from the front on product testing to a tight timetable and being transparent with customers, the Food Standards Agency and Government. Retailers' risk-based testing programme is well advanced. Testing is being led by intelligence and targeted on the products that may have been associated with these incidents.

"We are actively communicating what we're doing and have already said we will make the results we have available, to the FSA and publicly, during this Friday. We have also confirmed we will be reporting regularly on future testing.

"As we said in our Select Committee evidence a fortnight ago, emerging risks in other European states need to be better communicated between the FSA and food sector.

"Retailers have been decisive in the action they've taken since they first became aware of this issue. We will continue to work closely with the FSA on any future incidents."

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