1. ITV Report

West Yorks slaughterhouse shut down

Peter Boddy Photo: Halifax Evening Courier

A West Yorkshire slaughterhouse has been shut down pending the outcome of investigations into claims they supplied and used horse carcasses in meat products purpoting to be beef.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and police officers entered Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in Todmorden, under suspicion of passing off horse meat as beef for kebabs and burgers.

Production at the plant has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations into the claims.

The slaughterhouse at Todmorden Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A meat plant in West Wales , Farmbox Meats in Llandre in Aberstwyth, has also been raided and shut down.

The FSA said it had "detained" all meat found at the premises and seized paperwork and customer lists from both companies.

Andrew Rhodes, Food Standards Agency Credit: ITV News

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.

"I have suspended both plants immediately while our nvestigations continue."

– Andrew Rhodes, FSA director of operations
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson Credit: ITV News

This is absolutely shocking. It's totally unacceptable if any business in the UK is defrauding the public by passing off horse meat as beef.

"I expect the full force of the law to be brought down on anyone involved in this kind of activity."

– Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

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