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Two Arrested over Horse Meat Fraud

24 May 2013

NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA IOD) have arrested a man from North Brabant as part of the criminal investigation into the mixing of undeclared horse meat with beef.

The person arrested, who has not been officially named, is the director of the company in North Brabant that was searched in February. The man has ben named in local media as Willy Selten.

At the time the authorities said they were investigating the company for forgery, fraud and money laundering.

On Tuesday, the deputy director of the company was held.

The director and deputy director are in police custody suspected of forgery and fraud.

The company received approximately. 300 tonnes of horse meat from the Netherlands, England and Ireland in 2011 and 2012.

Research by the NVWA IOD shows that this horse meat was recorded as being processed as beef.

The company recorded that it sold only beef and the records were altered so that it could not be seen where the meat came from or went.

On Tuesday and Wednesday a third employee, - a woman, who worked in the company’s adminstration department was questioned by NVWAIOD over involvement in the suspected meat fraud.

NVWAIOD said that fraudulent practices by companies can have a major impact on food production and possibly also on food safety.

“The government believes food fraud and deception intolerable and unacceptable. Fraud can undermine consumer confidence in the food sector.”

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