Details of the government review into the horsemeat scandal and the name of the person who will chair it will be unveiled tomorrow.

The launch of a joint Defra / Department of Health review was announced by farming minister David Heath in a written ministerial statement (WMS) on 15 April.

By way of update, the scope and timeframe of the review and the name of the chair will be given in a WMS, to be published at 9.30am tomorrow, after which Defra secretary of state Owen Paterson will make an announcement to the House of Commons. Defra would not give any further detail on tomorrow’s announcement.

In April, Heath said the review would consider the horsemeat incident and its implications for the food chain and the regulatory framework. “This will be wide-ranging, to restore and maintain consumer confidence in the food chain and consider the responsibilities of food businesses, and practice throughout the wider food chain, including: audit, testing, food authenticity, food safety and health issues.” It would advise the government of vulnerabilities within the food chain and its regulatory framework that might be exploited for other fraudulent activity, he added. 

On Wednesday (5 June), Heath will be questioned by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which will take further evidence on the horsemeat scandal following the February publication of its initial report on contamination of beef products. The session will commence at 3pm.