Minister Coveney to chair EU meeting on horse scandal today

Agriculture ministers from the EU countries affected by the controversy are to meet in Brussels

The meeting has been called by Ireland, as holders of the EU Presidency, and will be chaired by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.

The meeting gets underway at 4.30pm Irish time this afternoon.

Ireland and the UK are to put together their own response to the crisis - while the EU formulates a wider plan.

Henry Burns, Livestock chairman with the IFA, says Minister Coveney must ensure there are more stringent controls over meat processors here: