Guilty plea in UK horse meat scandal

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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LONDON – The owner of a West Yorkshire slaughterhouse is the first to plead guilty on a charge linked to the horse meat-tainted beef scandal that erupted across most of Europe in 2013.

Peter Boddy pled guilty to failing to comply with traceability requirements for horses slaughtered at his facility, Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. The Crown Prosecution alleges that Boddy sold horse meat raw materials to another firm, which were later made into kebabs and burgers and sold as beef.

David Moss, manager of the slaughterhouse, also faces one count of forgery relating to an allegedly falsified invoice for the sale of horse meat. Both Boddy and Moss face a second charge of selling another 17 horses for meat, but neither of the men entered a plea.

A second trial was held in the case of Farmbox Meats, Ltd., a Welsh meat plant that UK food safety authorities found to be part of the horse meat scandal. Police arrested Dafydd Raw-Rees, owner of Farmbox Meats in Llandre, Wales, in February after a raid by law enforcement and Food Standards Agency officers.

Prosecutors allege that Farmbox Meats sold goat meat as lamb trim and shanks. Raw-Rees has maintained his innocence.
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