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February 13, 2013
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is confirming that results of testing of minced beef products carried out so far by its members will be published during Friday (15 February).

The BRC's food retailing members agreed with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson last weekend that they would provide the results they have available by the end of this week.

At Prime Minister's Questions today (Wednesday), David Cameron said, "We have also asked for meaningful tests from retailers and producers, and those will be published in full."

Retailers took decisive action after the first incident in mid-January and targeted testing for the presence of horsemeat in minced beef products has been underway since then.

The BRC will be collating all the results available to-date and publishing sector-wide figures that show:

-The total number of tests carried out by UK food retailers.

-The proportion of minced beef products they have tested so far.

-The number of products that have tested positive or negative against the FSA's threshold.

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