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British consumer watchdog to test for lamb meat substitution

(Reuters) - Britain's Foods Standards Agency (FSA) said it will begin a new round of tests on lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after the consumer watchdog found evidence of cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken. The FSA said local authorities were being asked to test 300 samples from restaurants providing takeaway meals and report their findings to the agency. The sampling will start at the beginning of May.

Horsemeat linked to new food scandal seized in Belgium

Belgium health authorities on Friday reported the seizure of 16.8 tonnes of horsemeat, part of it linked to a fresh food scandal in France involving meat not supposed to wind up on people's plates. France informed Belgium last week of the delivery to a Belgian firm of 17.5 tonnes of falsely-labelled meat from horses that were used by scientists to help produce anti-rabies and other serums.

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.

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.

French arrest eight from 'horsemeat scandal' firm

Eight managers from former French firm Spanghero, which was at the heart of a European food scandal that saw horsemeat mislabelled as beef, were arrested Tuesday, police said. They were being held in custody and would be grilled by investigators from the police department charged with looking into breaches of public health and environmental violations. The arrests follow a judicial enquiry launched in March into Spanghero for aggravated fraud and mislabelling of food products.

British horsemeat scandal police arrest pair

British police investigating a scandal that saw horsemeat enter the human food chain across Europe said Thursday they had arrested two men on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. City of London Police, who launched their inquiry in May, said they had arrested two men but did not disclose the fact until now due to "operational reasons". The force, which takes the national policing lead on fraud, said the men were arrested in Britain in the initial stages of the inquiry but did not give their nationalities. The pair have been bailed.

Dutch trader arrested for 'horsemeat fraud'

Dutch meat wholesaler Willy Selten was arrested on Thursday for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat labelled as beef, the public prosecutor said. "The director and the interim director have been arrested," a statement said. "They are suspected of false accounting and fraud." The prosecutor's office said that Dutch food safety authority NVWA arrested the man as part of "a criminal investigation into labelling horsemeat as beef."

Dutch trader arrested for 'horsemeat fraud'

Dutch meat wholesaler Willy Selten was arrested on Thursday for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat labelled as beef, the public prosecutor said. The prosecutor's office said that Dutch food safety authority NVWA arrested the man, whom media identified as Selten, allegedly a key player in Europe's horsemeat scandal, as part of "a criminal investigation into labelling horsemeat as beef." "The director and the interim director have been arrested," a statement said. "They are suspected of false accounting and fraud."

Dutch trader arrested for 'horsemeat fraud'

Dutch meat wholesaler Willy Selten was arrested on Friday for allegedly selling 300 tonnes of horsemeat labelled as beef, the public prosecutor said. "The director and the interim director have been arrested," a statement said. "They are suspected of false accounting and fraud." cjo/txw

Horsemeat scandal prompts plan for EU fraud crackdown

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed more unannounced inspections of food companies and tougher fines for labeling fraud on Monday, after the discovery earlier this year that millions of Europeans ate horsemeat labeled as beef. If approved by EU governments and lawmakers, the new rules would force member states to impose fines equal to the financial gains from proven cases of food fraud, officials said.
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