CHORLEY MP Lindsay Hoyle is seeking answers from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Chorley Council over monitoring contaminated horse meat in local shops.

He responded to a Parliamentary question from Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creogh, who asked the Health Minister for details of the five horse carcasses which tested positive for phenylbutazone in 2012, one of which came from the Chorley area.

Chorley Council told Mr Hoyle it visited the farm in Brindle where the horse originated. It said the horse had been sent to the slaughter house and was then passed to a meat supplier in Cheshire.

Mr Hoyle said: “I have spoken with council leader Alistair Bradley who has informed me that Chorley Council did carry out its responsibilities and reported back to the FSA.

“My concern is that the Food Standards Agency did not then take further action following the report by Chorley Council.”

Mr Hoyle has written to the FSA asking for a full inquiry.