Horsemeat scandal

Minister open to national checks on meat production

Agriculture Minister Eskil Erlandsson has said he is considering transferring all checks on the meat production process to the national level. Today the National Food Agency inspects around 350 larger meat producers, while municipalities perform checks on local producers and butchers.

Saying the recent horsemeat and beef scandals in Sweden could be down to "cheating and fraud," Erlandsson told Swedish Radio that state controls on meat production may have to be reviewed.

"A centralised system will likely cost more than the process we have today, since the country is very big and since we have many facilities handling animals," Erlandsson said.