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French police hold 21 in new horsemeat fraud ring

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - Police arrested 21 people in raids on the horsemeat industry across southern France on Monday on suspicion that horses used to develop medicines were sold fraudulently for food, police and industry officials said. Marseille public prosecutor Brice Robin said about 200 horses unfit for human consumption had been given false veterinary certificates and slaughtered for meat by an organized ring, based in the southern town of Narbonne, involving cattle traders, vets and butchers.

France makes 21 arrests in new horsemeat scandal

French police made 21 arrests Monday as part of an investigation into claims that meat from horses used to produce anti-rabies and other serums got into the food chain. The arrests were made at various locations in the south of France following a tip-off that hundreds of horses, including some that had been owned by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, were sold to abattoirs after their veterinary papers were falsified, a police source told AFP.

French police arrest 21 in new horsemeat scandal

Among those arrested were at least three vets and several meat dealers.

Police raids in France, Spain in new horsemeat scandal

French police made 21 arrests Monday as part of an investigation into claims that meat from horses used for drugs testing found its way into the food chain. The arrests were made at various locations in the south of France following a tip-off that hundreds of horses, including some that had been owned by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, were sold to abattoirs after their veterinary papers were falsified, a police source told AFP. More than 100 officers were involved in raids at several Sanofi offices and at various abattoirs, including one in Gerona in northern Spain.

Romania sees opportunity in China's new taste for meat

Hit by declining demand on the local market and in parts of Europe, Romanian farmers say China's growing meat needs may help them out of the hole. Chinese officials earlier this week signed two agreements to import 500,000 cattle and three million pigs from Romania over the next few years. On a visit to Bucharest, Premier Li Keqiang said China also wanted to import sheep and possibly other food produce. "We can buy all you can deliver," Li said after talks with Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta.

Don't eat furry friends, activists urge Chinese diners

Animal rights campaigners have launched a poster campaign urging Chinese diners to turn down cat and dog dishes, with the group calling for the creatures to be considered "friends not food". The 279 adverts were put up in 14 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Hong Kong-based campaign group Animals Asia said. Cat and dog meat are not widely eaten in China but can be found at some restaurants, particularly in the south, where they are sometimes considered specialities.

Tyson Foods dropping Okla. hog supplier after video surfaces showing workers abusing pigs

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier. Mercy For Animals distributed images of farm workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. In one portion of the tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the head.

Tyson Foods dropping Okla. hog supplier after video surfaces showing workers abusing pigs

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier. Mercy For Animals distributed images of farm workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. In one portion of the tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the head.

World Chefs: Scott Conant paves path to recreate restaurant meals

By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning American chef Scott Conant helps home cooks recreate meals from his acclaimed restaurant Scarpetta in his latest cookbook. The American chef, a frequent judge on television cooking shows, opened Scarpetta in New York in 2008 and has launched four other eateries in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Toronto.

Britain's Princess Anne suggests eating horsemeat

She may be known for her love of horses, but Britain's Princess Anne has now suggested that her compatriots should consider eating the animals like the French. Queen Elizabeth II's daughter, a former eventing champion, said farming the creatures for their flesh in Britain could improve their welfare. "Our attitudes to the horsemeat trade and the value of horsemeat may have to change," Anne said in a speech to the World Horse Welfare charity in London on Thursday.
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