The UK government has revealed that it is planning to launch a “wide-ranging” review of the horsemeat scandal.

In a statement to Parliament, food minister David Heath said the review would seek out points of vulnerability in the supply chain in order to ensure consumers “have confidence in the food they buy”.

The review will look at the responsibilities of food businesses and at various supply chian practices – from safety and authenticity to auditing and testing.

“We are establishing a wide-ranging review to help restore consumer confidence by looking at our whole food system – identifying weaknesses and looking at what food businesses, regulators and government are responsible for,” Heath said.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will also look at whether to commission a review of its handling of the crisis, he added.

For Heath’s written statement to Parliament, click here