February 12th, 2013
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Police and health officials have raided a slaughterhouse and meat company in the United Kingdom as part of an ongoing investigation into horse meat that was labeled as beef, authorities said Tuesday.

The West Yorkshire slaughterhouse is believed to have supplied horse carcasses to a firm called Farmbox Meats Ltd., which then sold the meat as beef for kebabs and burgers.

Authorities have suspended operations at both facilities and seized all remaining meat and company files, which include a client list. Neither company was immediately available for comment.

"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," said Andrew Rhodes, Food Standards Agency director of operations.

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  1. John

    'I was shocked'...

    Ever read a little book called "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair? The only difference is that these days, we have much worse potential contaminants that can get into processed food, but otherwise, humanity doesn't collectively learn a thing from generation to generation because of the refusal to learn from history in order to determine solutions to problems. Those who do, earn the right to be disgusted with those who are easily shocked, and due to the ease in which the gentleman was shocked, Mr. Rhodes has vividly intimated that he is, in fact, totally unfit his position and therefore should be terminated immediately and replaced by a more emotionally stable individual.

    February 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
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