Arrests in Fresh Horse Meat Scandal in France17 December 2013
FRANCE - French police are reported to have arrested 21 people following an investigation into a new incidence of horse meat illegally finding its way into the food chain.
Some of the meat is reported to have come from animals that had been used by a pharmaceutical company and which had been slaughtered after veterinary papers had been falsified.
According to a report in the French newspaper Le Figaro, the arrests follow a 12 month long investigation of the horse meat illegally entering the food after an anonymous tip-off.
The newspaper reports that at least 30 horses that were used by a laboratory of Sanofi to produce serum are involved in the latest incident.
The sale of the meat is alleged to have involved a horse trader and butchers shops in the Narbonne area.
The investigations are being carried out by police in the Aude region and involve the meat plant, the horse traders and the butchers shops and suspects in France and northern Spain
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