More raids in Britain as horse-meat probe continues


fsaAuthorities in Britain have seized evidence in their ongoing inquiries into an alleged fraud involving the sale of horse meat.

The Food Standards Agency said the evidence was seized in Hull and London in relation to the case that resulted in the arrest this week of three men connected to two meat plants.

On Thursday, the agency announced the arrest of the trio by Dyfed-Powys Police on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act

At Farmbox Meats, near Aberystywth, in Wales, police arrested two men, aged 64 and 42, and in a simultaneous operation they arrested a man, 63, at the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Approvals for both plants were suspended by the agency, so neither firm was operational.

The agency said the investigation was ongoing and it would not be making any further comments regarding the arrests.

Yesterday morning, agency officers entered three premises in England with local authorities and the police. One was in Hull and two in Tottenham.

Computers and documentary evidence were removed, as well as meat samples taken for testing.

The agency said it had submitted a full file and evidence on the issue to Europol. It said the information had now been analysed by both Europol and law enforcement agencies in 35 countries across Europe and elsewhere.

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