As more shocking news continues to emerge regarding horse meat on the shelves in UK supermarkets, The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has told one newspaper that in the wake of the scandal, there's likely to be more testing needed - not just of beef, but of pork and chicken too.
This would add a significant cost to a scandal which has already cost the industry a small fortune.
The FSA told the Telegraph that at the moment retailers were focusing on testing the products that use beef that is so finely ground that it could easily contain other meats without being detected. However, chief executive Catherine Brown added that in order to build public confidence after the scandal had passed more testing would be required. She said: "It is not lost on retailers that they need to test significantly across this product range, across wider meat-based product ranges."
The FSA said in a separate statement: "This is a very serious issue. The evidence we have about the two cases, of the significant amount of horse meat in burgers and lasagne, points to either gross negligence or deliberate contamination in the food chain. This is why we have already involved the police, both here and in Europe. "
"In the particular cases of the Findus lasagne and the Tesco burgers, they have been withdrawn from sale. Anyone who has them in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution. In addition to the widespread testing we are doing, we've instructed the industry to urgently carry out its own tests on processed beef products to see whether horse meat is present." The first set of results will be published on Friday.
The FSA has said that all cross-contamination concerns had to be reported from now on. According to a report in the Grocer Magazine, Department for Food and Rural Affairs secretary for state Owen Paterson said he had ordered the industry to publish testing figures every three months and to test further down the food chain. This will be enforced by the FSA, which doesn't have the power to force companies to comply. However, retailers are expected to voluntarily do this as a major step in reassuring the public.
This will not come cheap.
The meat industry has already taken a huge hit as a result of the scandal. Supermarkets have ditched some of the suppliers implicated in the scandal, which will cost the suppliers in question millions of pounds a year.
The supermarkets themselves face a significant cost. Tesco told Defra at the end of January that it would be introducing a testing regime that would cost it somewhere between £1 million and £2 million a year.
It also said that the hit to sales would be "a lot bigger than a million pounds". This includes the cost of the food withdrawn from sale - as well as the potential fall in sales for specific brands that have been contaminated. The supermarkets are likely to be able to cover this with compensation from their suppliers - paid for out of their insurance - but it remains to be seen whether the reputational cost is significant enough to make a difference to shopping habits over the long term.
Given that the processed beef industry is worth over £1 billion, there is a major sector which stands to lose from this scandal.
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Using a mobile phone to make and receive calls, send texts and browse the web while abroad can be extremely costly – especially if you are travelling outside the European Union (EU), where calls can cost up to 10 times as much as at home.
To avoid high charges, Carphone Warehouse suggests tourists ensure a data cap is in place, use applications to check data usage, turn off 'data roaming', avoid data-intensive applications such as Google Maps and YouTube and use wi-fi spots to update social networking sites.
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) is supposed to help people to continue meeting their loan, mortgage or credit card repayments if they fall ill or lose their jobs. However, policies are often over-priced, riddled with exclusions and sold to people who could not make a claim if they needed to.
At one point, sale of this cover - which was often included automatically in loan repayments - was estimated to boost the banks' profits by up to £5 billion a year.
Now, though, consumers who were mis-sold PPI can fight back by complaining to the bank or lender concerned and taking their case to the Financial Ombudsman Service (08000 234567) should the response prove unsatisfactory.
It could be you, but let's face it, it probably won't be. In fact, buying a ticket for the Lotto only gives you a 1 in 13.9 million chance of winning the jackpot.
With odds like that, you would almost certainly be better off hanging on to your cash and saving it in a high-interest account.
No-frills airlines such as EasyJet may promote rock-bottom prices on their websites. But the overall fare you pay can be surprisingly high once extras such as luggage and credit card payment fees have been added - a process known as drip pricing.
Taking one piece of hold baggage on a return EasyJet flight, for example, adds close to £20 to the cost of your flight, while paying by credit card increases the price by a further £10.
It may therefore be worth comparing the total cost with that of a flight with a standard airline such as British Airways.
Cash advances, which include cash withdrawals, are generally charged at a much higher rate of interest than standard purchases.
While the average credit card interest rate is around 17%, a typical cash withdrawal of £500, for example, is charged at more than 26%.
What's more, as the interest accrues from the date of the transaction, rather than the next payment date, costs will mount up even if you clear your balance in full with your next payment.
Supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda often run promotions under which you can, for example, get three products for the price of two.
However, it is only worth taking advantage of these deals if you will actually use the products. Otherwise, you are simply buying for the sake of it, which is a waste of your hard-earned cash.
Buy a train ticket at the station on the day of travel and the price is likely to give you a shock - especially if you are travelling a long distance at a busy time of day.
However, you can cut the cost of train travel by 50% or more by going online and making the purchase beforehand - especially if you book 12 weeks in advance, which is when the cheapest tickets are on sale.
Other ways to reduce the price you pay include avoiding peak times and taking advantage of so-called carnet tickets, which allow you to buy, for example, 12 journeys for the price of 10.
Most High Street banks offer packaged accounts that come with monthly fees ranging from £6.50 up to as much as £40, with a typical account charging about £15 per month.
Various benefits, such as travel insurance and mobile phone insurance, are offered in return for this fee. But whether or not it is worth paying for them depends on your individual circumstances.