Horsemeat Scandal: UK Slaughterhouse Raided
The Food Standards Agency has raided a slaughterhouse allegedly involved in supplying horsemeat labelled as beef.
The FSA has shut down Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, while it investigates allegations that it supplied horse carcasses to a meat business in Wales.
Officers from West Yorkshire and Dyfed-Powys police accompanied the FSA as they seized meat and paperwork from the Yorkshire abattoir and Farmbox Meats Ltd in Llandre, Aberystwyth.
The FSA and police are looking into the circumstances through which meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold, which were in fact horse.
The FSA has suspended operations at both sites while it investigates the first suspected instance of a UK abattoir passing off horsemeat as beef.
Meanwhile, Waitrose has announced it is clearing the shelves of its Essential British Frozen Beef Meatballs after pork was detected in tests on two batches.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he expects tough action to be taken against any business that has broken the law.
He said: "This is absolutely shocking. It's 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."
Slaughterhouse owner Peter Boddy, who denied that the FSA visit amounted to a "raid", told Sky News: "I have not been supplying meat to Farmbox. I don't know who they are."
Farmbox Meats Ltd has also denied any wrongdoing.
In an interview with Sky News, FSA Director of Operations Andrew Rhodes said: "We acted on excellent evidence, which includes the traceability of where products go from one location to another.
"I'm very confident that the information we have used and what we have obtained is evidence that something has happened which should not have been."
The raids came after a respected food scientist warned that lamb ready meals and other products may contain horsemeat and should be tested.
Mr Paterson today met representatives of supermarkets and food suppliers to discuss the growing scandal of horse meat mislabelled as beef.
Joining officials from the Food Standards Agency, he talked to the Institute of Grocery Distribution, which represents food retailers and suppliers, to discuss plans for a new regime of quarterly testing of products.
Results of tests into the extent of contamination of beef products are expected on Friday.
The Environment Secretary will travel to Brussels tomorrow to discuss the scandal with counterparts in EU countries.
what do you think?
Thought they were regulated and inspected here?
So did I! Trouble is, the Tories keep making 'jobsworths' in the Civil Service - who are supposed to watch over this sort of thing - redundant! If there's no-one to police this industry, don't rely on the private sector...........!
That's it blame the Tories, Labour would made just as many cuts, surely you know by now there as bad as each other.
Yorkshire and Wales In the middle of the Labour strongholds - No supprise here labour voters on the fiddle
That's stupid blaming labour voters get real they could have sent the meat anywhere including Tory strongholds
There are vets and other inspectors but you could swich labels when thay go home
It was Blair's government who abolished the testing for horse meat in 2002. Were it not for some good work by the Irish agencies we'd still know nothing. Another thing that evil man should be brought to criminal trial for. I want to know who bribed him to stop the tests...
How Pathetic. It is all the tories fault, it is all Labours fault. Grow up the lot of you. Put the blame where it belongs at the door of crooks looking to make a quick buck.
An we are suprised? I think not.
have you noticed its all in the cheap value meals...what do you expect top rump steak...you get what you pay for
But not what its advertised as being!
Are you sure Robbie??????
Brings it rather closer to home. Up until now we have been piously pointing the finger at Johnny Foreigner particularly France & Romania. Now we discover we have our own home grown fraudsters. Is anyone really surprised?
Thatcher let the crooks in the meat industry feed cows bits of other cows and we got BSE. The food industry has always been a racket. Antibiotics to fatten cows. It's not agriculture - it's a racket.
Thatcher hasn't been in power for 23 years. Do the govt ministers since then not have any culpability or does the fact that for 13 of those years they were labour ministers absolve them from any blame ??
No surprises that it has happened in the UK. As davenlesley has indicated the first reaction of the UK is to blame other countries rather than itself. So much for the body set up by Labour to investigate food standards. No doubt that is why Milband has been so quiet recently
Where there is easy money to be made nothing - and I mean NOTHING surprises me anymore ! From cheating multinational financial institutions to cheap alcohol and tobacco from that geezer down the pub the bottom line is profit at ANY price [no pun intended].
What is it with Tories and food ,Mad cow disease ,salmonella eggs now fraudulent meat supplies ALL because the food companies and farmers cut corners for maxim profit .To hell will consumers they don`t matter and animals treated badly when we pay vets to check up.Corrupt.
Do not blame uk farmers for this mess we are up to our necks in paper work and forms all our uk cattle have passports from birth to death.plus we are all farm ashored
I don`t blame all farmers but the criminal element out there just going for the quick buck.
Cattle prices £1500 plus horse prices £200 plus thats why thay do it
Nothing at all to do with politics Ignoramus. This is about greed and lazy people who won't cook proper meals but live out of microwaves and take-always.
Robert. Precisely. The initial comment is about as sensible as "What is it with Labour and foot & mouth disease?" Both political claptrap
Foot and mouth disease is a normal risk Mad cow disease was in the feed given to cattle cheaply made by feed companies .Salmonella EGGS again bad feed practice fed rubbish even ground down chickens and unhealthy dirty farm conditions.
HMC. The last foot & mouth outbreak in 2001 had nothing to do with normal risk and everything to do with negligence at a govt run laboratory
You only have to look at those beefburgers to see they are at least 50% FAT. How can a beefburger be 100% horse meat if most of them look like 50% fat? I don't believe any of them or any of the "scientific" results from their ludicrous tests. How it looks to me is someone is paying them MILLIONS of pounds to try as much as they can to "pretend" their are horse DNA fragments of code in the beefburgers and I don't think there ever were. That's what I think.
I work in a lab that tests food products& there a very easy tests to determine meat species oif it is tested for.
The true taste of the meat is in the fat. Last burgers I cooked didn't catch fire. Thats because there's no fat in them. All removed by the manufacturer so you can't tell what the meat is. Could be donkey or dog.
Well well the a bit close to home
Bet proper butchers are loving this!
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I seem to remember Ali Baba saying a day or two ago that it wouldn't happen in M&S or Waitrose. Well I have news for you my friend it has. Waitrose has withdrawn a product this evening because pig dna was found in a beef product
I was just about to make the same comment Dave.
We're all dooooooooooomed.
all the big retailers have got to take the blame for this, they should routinely check all their suppliers.
Not even close to discovering the extent of this problem and its not just meat products.
if i had the choice i reckon a romanian horse would be safer meat than a british one.