Two men from West Yorkshire appeared in court today facing charges over the traceability of meat, following last year’s investigation into the horse meat scandal.
Peter Boddy, who owns an abattoir in Todmorden, and David Moss, his manager, are accused of breaching food regulations that say meat should be traceable from field to fork.
They were sent to Southwark Crown Court - their next appearance is on April 28. Unconditional bail was renewed.
A national conference will be held in York today looking into the horse meat crisis - the first since the scandal came to light.
Food processing plants in North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Hull, and a slaughter house in West Yorkshire were investigated during the scandal.
Food manufacturers, processors and retailers will be attending as well as experts in the testing and verification of the food supply chain.
Paragon Quality foods have released a statement after it was found some of the
beefburgers they supplied to a chain of hotels have been found to contain horse meat. It reads as follows:
- "Paragon Quality foods only buys beef from licensed and approved EU suppliers.
- Since the outbreak of the “horse meat scandal” in the European supply chain, we have carried out extensive testing for equine in our burgers all of which were clear to date, with the exception one product, which is still being investigated.
- Independently a number of our customers in the UK and Europe have also tested our products and to date all results were clear.
- Paragon have never knowingly bought or handled equine meat products. All our records are available for scrutiny to our customers and FSA officials."
Doncaster food manufacturing company Paragon Quality Foods Ltd have confirmed that some beefburgers they supplied to a chain of hotels have been found to contain horsemeat.
The company says stressed it has only ever bought meat from reputable suppliers.
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.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson is to hold an emergency meeting today with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and retailers over the horsemeat scandal.
Frozen food company Findus UK apologised after tests found up to 100% horse meat in some of its beef lasagnes. Supermarket chain Aldi confirmed that two of its ready meal ranges produced by Comigel, the French supplier also used by Findus, were found to contain between 30% and 100% horse meat.
It comes after a firm in Hull admitted it is being investigated. Flexi Foods, based at this enterprise centre in Hull, supplied a batch of meat that tested positive for horse to Macadam Foods in Ireland.
A factory in Hull has admitted its meat is being investigated by the Food Standards Agency.
Today Flexi Foods, on Inglemire Lane in Hull, released a statement.
The British Meat Producers Association says it "deplores" the latest reported incidents of gross contamination of some meat products.
A Dalepak factory in North Yorkshire was implicated in the horse meat in beefburgers scandal last week.