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Police raid two UK slaughterhouses suspected of supplying horsemeat

13 February 2013

Police and the Food Standards Agency have raided two UK meat plants suspected of supplying horse carcases.

As investigations continue, operations at the premises in West Wales and West Yorkshire have been halted and food can no longer be supplied.

The plant in West Yorkshire is the Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and the FSA believes it supplied horse carcases to Farmbox Meats, at Llandre, near Aberystwyth.

“The agency and the police are now looking into the circumstances through which meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold when they were in fact horse,” said an FSA spokesperson.

Andrew Rhodes, FSA director of operations, said: “I ordered an audit of all horse producing abattoirs in the UK after this issue first arose last month and I was shocked to uncover what appears to be a blatant misleading of consumers.”

Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, added: “This is absolutely shocking. It is totally unacceptable if any business in the UK is defrauding the public by passing off horsemeat as beef. I expect the full force of the law to be brought down on anyone involved in this kind of activity.”

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