Dutch authorities have arrested the director and another senior official of a company and charged them with forgery and fraud over horse-meat contamination of beef products.
The Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority made the arrests.
The pair are in police custody, the Public Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. A third party is also under investigation, but has not been held.
It is alleged the company in question bought 300 tonnes of horse meat from The Netherlands, England and Ireland in 2011 and 2012. Investigations by authorities suggested this meat was on-sold as beef.
Investigators have been unable to establish where the meat went.
The arrests are the latest twist in the horse-meat contamination scandal which has gripped Europe.
The contamination has resulted in tens of millions of ready-to-eat meals containing processed beef being recalled from supermarket shelves.
Investigations across Europe have highlighted the complexities of the food change and its vulnerability to rogue traders.