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Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to the discovery of bute in one brand of corned beef, said:

"It is deeply worrying that bute, a drug banned from the human food chain, has been discovered in one brand of corned beef.  This product was withdrawn from sale on 8th March yet has only been formally recalled now, after testing positive for bute, meaning people could have unwittingly been eating meat containing this drug for the last month.

"This exposes the weaknesses in the government's handling of the horsemeat scandal where products were withdrawn but in some cases not tested either for horsemeat or bute.  The interests of the consumer should have been put first." 

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