'Horsemeat' raid: men bailed

Dyfed-Powys Police and the FSA can confirm that three men arrested on suspicion of offences under the fraud act have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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Iceland chief: Local authorities to blame

North Wales based food chain Iceland Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker has attacked local authorities for driving down the quality of food as the horsemeat scandal continues.

Mr Walker told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: “Supermarkets shouldn’t be blamed. British supermarkets have got a fantastic reputation for food safety.

“If we’re going to blame somebody, let’s start with local authorities because there’s a whole side of this industry which is invisible, that’s the catering industry.

“Schools, hospitals, it’s a massive business for cheap food and local authorities award contracts based purely on one thing: price.”

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FSA on 'steady progress' of tests on beef products

Steve Wearne, director of the Food Standards Agency in Wales, has spoken about the first of industry results from beef products that have been tested for the presence of horse DNA.

He told ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi it was "steady progress and we want the industry to continue until we have a complete picture of all beef products on sale in the UK".

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The seven contaminated products

  • Aldi - Today special frozen lasagne.
  • Aldi - Today special frozen spaghetti bolognese.
  • Co-op - Beef burger quarter pounder.
  • Findus - Beef lasagne 320g, 360g, 500g.
  • Rangeland - Range of catering products.
  • Tesco - Everyday value frozen burger.
  • Tesco - Everyday value spaghetti bolognese.

The Food Standards Agency's director of communications Stephen Humphreys said he could "assure" the public that all seven had now been taken off the shelves.

Vale Of Glamorgan Council: 'no horse DNA in our food'

No traces of horse DNA have been found in food providing by Vale of Glamorgan Council's catering service.

It follows tests on products available at schools, day centres, lunch clubs and care homes within the borough.

We understand that residents may have concerns in light of the recent revelations that horse meat has been discovered in beef products in some outlets across the UK. Tests have been carried out to verify that meat products supplied by the council do not contain horse DNA. We can assure residents that our catering service is unaffected. We will continue to monitor this situation closely.

– Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council

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Dyfed Powys Police: Farmbox Meats arrested men to be interviewed today

Dyfed Powys Police and the FSA will today begin interviewing the three men arrested on suspicion of offences under the fraud act.

The arrests follow a joint operation with the FSA at Farmbox Meats in Aberystwyth and the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Two men aged 64 and 42 were detained at Aberystwyth police station over night and a 63 year old man arrested in Yorkshire has today been transported to Aberystwyth.

Interviews with the three men are likely to continue through the day.

Meanwhile Dyfed Powys Police officers will maintain a presence at the site in Aberystwyth.

– Dyfed Powys Police

Two men due to be questioned in meat investigation

Two men, aged 64 and 42, were arrested at Farmbox Meats in Ceredigion Credit: ITV News

Two men are due to be questioned today as part of an investigation into a West Wales meat business.

The men, aged 64 and 42, were arrested at Farmbox Meats in Llandre on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act. They are being detained at Aberystwyth Police Station.

Arrests made at both meat plants raided on Tuesday

Two men, aged 64 and 42, were arrested at Farmbox Meats in Ceredigion.

A 63-year-old man was also arrested at Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in West Yorkshire, the other plant where operations were suspended on Tuesday in an investigation by the Food Standards Agency.

Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed three people are being held on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act.

They are being detained at Aberystwyth Police Station, where they will be interviewed jointly by the police and the FSA.

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