City of London Police were asked to work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of its inquiry into the scandal. It reviewed evidence from law enforcement agencies in Europe and the UK, as well as from the FSA.
The force launched an investigation in May and said it made the arrests "during the initial stages" of the inquiry. Officers also carried out searches at businesses and homes in the UK.
Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Shaw, from the City of London Police, said:
This is an extremely complex investigation covering a number of jurisdictions and a variety of businesses.
We are working closely with police forces, other law enforcement agencies and regulators to determine whether horsemeat being used in a range of meat products was deliberate and coordinated criminal activity.
Dinos & Sons Continental Foods Limited (“Dinos & Sons”) confirms that it is co-operating with local Trading Standards Officers and the FSA in respect of all its current investigations.
Dinos & Sons has been asked to clarify its position in respect of the transportation and storage of frozen beef that was imported by, and belonged to, a third party that the FSA is investigating.
Dinos & Sons did not keep this frozen beef in the same premises as its own products and there was therefore no possibility of any cross-contamination.
Atno time has Dinos & Sons produced or manufactured anything that is underinvestigation or is the subject of any possible contamination or mislabelling.
Thereis no suggestion whatsoever that Dinos & Sons manufacturing processes havebeen compromised in any way. Tests undertaken by independent laboratories onDinos & Sons products have proved negative to date for any contaminants,including horsemeat.