Horsemeat: Three Arrested Released On Bail
Three men who were arrested by police investigating the horsemeat scandal have been freed on bail, as political pressure mounts over the speed of the Government's response.
Dafydd Raw-Rees, 64, the owner of Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, a 42-year-old man from Wales and a 63-year-old man from the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, have been released from custody pending further inquiries.
All were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act and have been told they must answer police bail at a later date.
The time it has taken for all the meat considered at risk of being contaminated with horse DNA to be tested as led to criticism of the Government's response.
Ed Miliband told Sky News that the Government had not been as "sure footed" as it could have been.
He said: "I think they've been too slow to get a grip on this situation ... we want this resolved quickly."
FSA tests have so far found around 1% of all products checked around the country contained a significant amount of horse meat.
Environment Secretary Owen Patterson said he wants all other tests to be completed by the end of next week.
"It's up to the food businesses to carry out the tests, to organise their businesses and to provide quality products," Mr Patterson told Sky News.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it has passed on evidence from two premises in north London and one in Yorkshire to Europol - the European Union's law enforcement agency - after it emerged they were raided on Thursday.
The two sites in Tottenham, North London and one in Hull were searched by Food Standards Agency officials, who removed computer equipment and took away meat samples to be analysed.
The FSA has conceded it is unlikely the exact number of people in the UK who have unwittingly eaten horse meat will ever be known.
Farmers, meanwhile, have advertised in national newspapers urging people to buy British.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has taken out adverts in 10 national newspapers, saying it is championing British produce as a direct response to the contamination and mislabelling of some beef products.
According to NFU President, Peter Kendall, British farmers feel let down.
"Farmers are very proud of what they produce and are, quite rightly, furious about this current situation. They feel let down by what looks like a criminal element in an isolated part of the food chain," he said.
One of the businesses being investigated by the FSA in Tottenham is Dinos & Sons Continental Foods.
The company released a statement saying it is co-operating with officials, adding: "At no time has Dinos & Sons produced or manufactured anything that is under investigation or is the subject of any possible contamination or mislabelling."
The arrests of the men in Wales and Todmorden took place after plants were inspected on Tuesday by the FSA.
The problem has gone beyond supermarket-bought burgers and lasagnes - hotels, restaurants and pubs have also been affected after confirmation from Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, Beefeater Grill and Brewers Fayre, that horse DNA has been found in its food.
Cottage pie served to children at 47 schools in Lancashire has also tested positive and has now been removed from menus.
Tesco and other retailers have gone on the defensive this weekend by placing adverts in national newspapers and placing videos on Youtube in an attempt to tell consumers what they are doing to tackle the issue.
what do you think?
We ought to buy british anyway.i hope its not found that the main source of the horse meat isnt found to come from the uk.it will be very embarrassing after accusing the romanians etc.
Shaun. It could happen. Criminals out for easy money are international and we have our fair share make no mistake.
WLU. I'm sure I read somewhere that so long as meat is packaged in the UK it still can be sold under the little red tractor logo. If true that means it could have come from anywhere in the world. More deceit by food producers
Dave my freind the law requires a animal to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to slaughter plus the farmer must have a passport for each individual animal this contains the animals health history etc if not the slaughterhouse is in breach of eu laws
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Wow Dave Worries me more
d and d Phillips
Coupled with proper labelling of Halal and non Halal this would be a good move!!!
This is how it should be. buy british we cant keep track of what goes on abroad and we dont want their horse beef pig mix anyway
I will buy what I consider most appropriate, best value for money and in my opinion best quality, irrespective of where it comes from. But British campaigns are fine if this country can meet my criteria on any product.
Horse meat isn't the problem. Labeling isn't the problem The problem IS food safety. Are there any harmful toxins in our food? If not.... shut up and move on!!
Unfortunately what it says on the package may not be what's inside as with a lot of food products the ingredients are from other countries but assembled and packaged here it then can legally called British made. So buying British even with the tractor on the front can be misleading
Yep British Horsemeat is Best!
Lends a whole new meaning to the phrase 'guess what I amburger'.
It's all down to culture. In the UK 'My Little Pony' is a toy......in France it's a main course.
a case of ... not doing what it says on the can !
Should have remanded them in custody so they can have a taste of what they have been feeding the rest of us.
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