Food safety experts believe they have uncovered horsemeat being passed off as beef at two British meat plants. Police tonight raided a slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire and a meat processing plant in west Wales.
In the last hour news has surfaced of a development of this scandal here in the UK.
Now there is the suspicion that horsemeat from Yorkshire has been sold in kebabs and burgers purporting to be beef.
Two premises have been raided - that's the word used by the food standards agency. One in west Yorkshire, and one in west Wales. The plant in Yorkshire is in Todmorden and it is owned by Peter Boddy, who I have just spoken to. He said:
It was not a raid - they are welcome to visit whenever they want, they just wanted to see my records which I will be showing them.
He told me that he does slaughter horses at his plant , and that the meat is sold in the UK.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it was "unacceptable" for any business to defraud the public, and that he "expected the full force of the law" to be brought against any company found to be selling horsemeat as beef.
"This is absolutely shocking. It’s totally unacceptable if any business in the UK is defrauding the public by passing off horsemeat as beef", he said. "I expect the full force of the law to be brought down on anyone involved in this kind of activity".
I have just spoken to the abattoir owner in Yorkshire. He says it is a complete surprise the FSA have visited his site. The owner says he has a license to slaughter horses and denies any wrong-doing.
The Food Standards Agency and police have conducted two raids on meat premises in West Yorkshire and West Wales as part of its ongoing investigation into the mislabelling of meat products.