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MPs Did Not Eat Horse, Beef Pies Back On Parliamentary Menu

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Dishes served in Parliament were tested for horse meat
Dishes served in Parliament were tested for horse meat

MPs can breathe a sigh of relief - the parliamentary chefs have not been serving them horse meat.

And the canteens serving embattled environment Secretary Owen Paterson have also been declared a horse-free zone.

Four dishes were removed from the taxpayer-subsidised parliamentary eateries on Monday while tests were carried out for equine DNA.

But the checks proved negative - so beef and onion pie, steak and kidney pie, steak kidney suet pudding and beef Italian meatballs are back on the menus.

One of the House's catering suppliers, Brakes, had been testing its products, so the items were removed "as a precaution".

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A Commons spokesman told The Huffington Post UK: "As a precautionary measure, on Monday 18th February the House of Commons Catering Service removed from its menus four beef items supplied by Brakes, as they carried out tests on their products containing beef.

"The items were beef and onion pie, steak and kidney pie, steak kidney suet pudding, and beef Italian meatballs.

"Tests on all four items have been completed and all have concluded negative for equine DNA.The items are back on menus from today."

Commons officials said they had followed all Food Standards Agency advice and would "continue to be vigilant."

Meanwhile, tests on food served at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which is handling the crisis, have also proved negative.

A Defra spokeswoman said: "Our contractors have checked their supply chains and they have not had any contaminated products."

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