SNP MEP and Party President Ian Hudghton has criticised Labour and Conservative Euro-MPs for blocking attempts to force a public statement from the European Commission on the growing scandal of rotten meat being used in Europe's doner kebab industry.

The SNP MEP had joined with colleagues to try to force the European Commission to come before the European Parliament this week and face MEP's questions.

The scandal broke earlier this month when police impounded over a hundred tonnes of putrid meat at a German meat distributor's following an EU investigation. Some of the meat - used in the preparation of doner kebabs - was said to be over four years old. The company had exported kebab meat to seven other EU countries.

Mr Hudghton commented:

"This is a serious public health issue and I'm astonished that MEPs from the Labour and Conservative groups decided to block our attempts to get answers from the European Commission.

"What concerns me is that the European Commission is supposed to have stringent monitoring and traceability procedures in place for meat produce. If this is the case, then how could it be possible for rotten meat, almost four years out of date, to enter the food chain?

"At a time when the EU is applying strict new rules on hygiene in food preparation which are costly for the meat industry in Scotland, the failure to explain the so called kebab meat scandal will do nothing to enhance their credibility in the eyes of the food industry in Scotland or elsewhere.

"This really is scandalous and we will continue trying to get answers."

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