Number 10 sources say that the Food Standards Agency raid on Farmbox Food was the result of investigations which began in mid-January. It was part of co-ordinated action by officials, agencies and the police across the UK and at a European Union level.
The owner of a Welsh meat processing plant which is being investigated for mislabelling horse as beef denies doing anything wrong.
Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd in Llandre, Aberystwyth, told ITV News:
– Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats Ltd
I haven't done anything wrong. The authorities know the meat was going to be sent to Belgium. I haven't hidden anything.
Mr Raw-Rees said that he has bought the beef from the abattoir in Yorkshire, which is also being investigated by the FSA.
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.
An MP from our region is piling pressure on police to step in to sort out the deepening scandal surrounding horsemeat appearing in our food.
The Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh's call comes as her opposite number in government says he wants an emergency summit to discuss the contamination. It's all come on the day a firm in Hull admitted some meat it brought into the country is now being investigated. James Webster reports