Supermarket bosses blame cheap food culture for horsemeat fiasco

Kasmira Jefford
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MALCOLM Walker, the chief executive of frozen food supermarket chain Iceland said yesterday local councils are to blame for driving down food quality with cheap food contracts for schools and hospitals.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Walker said supermarkets should not be held responsible for the horsemeat crisis, arguing that they had become easy targets because they are visible.

His comments came as Waitrose managing director Mark Price yesterday called for tighter meat testing controls. Price also announced that, as a result of recent events, the supermarket chain was planning to set up its own freezing plant to prevent cross-contamination.