FSA: Restrictions on Aberystwyth meat processor lifted
The Food Standards Agency has announced that is has lifted the suspension against Farmbox Meats Ltd near Aberystwyth. They say the decision means they can now operate under 'conditional approval.'
The decision to restrict work at the plant was made in February at the height of the horse meat scandal. The owner of Farmbox Meats has always denied any wrongdoing.
The FSA has required the establishment to provide guarantees before allowing it to operate again and has also informed the business that it will not hesitate to withdraw its approval if there is sufficient evidence that there is non-compliance with all requirements placed on food business operators.
Two welsh businesses who sell horse meat say they have seen a boost in sales following the scandal of horse being found in beef products.
Cowleys Fine Foods who make jerky from horse meat in Tonypandy say that in the last couple of weeks they have seen a marked increase in sales. Vinn Sullivan from Blaenavon is another company that has seen an increase in people interested in his produce.
Aberystwyth business raided in horse meat investigation
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it has raided two meat businesses in the UK today, including one in Aberystwyth, as part of an investigation into horse meat being missold as beef.
The FSA and police raided the Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, which is suspected of supplying horse carcasses to Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre, Aberystwyth.
The Agency and the police are looking into the circumstances through which meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold when they were in fact horse.
The FSA has suspended operations at both these plants. Both West Yorkshire and Dyfed-Powys police have entered the premises with the FSA. The FSA has detained all meat found and seized paperwork, including customer lists from the two companies.