Yorkshire abattoir accused of passing off horse meat as beef

  • A West Yorkshire abattoir has been accused of passing off horsemeat as beef for kebabs and burgers.

    Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, in Todmorden, was raided yesterday by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and police.

    The FSA believes the abattoir was supplying horse carcasses to Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre, Aberystwyth.

    Operations have been suspended at both plants.

    Until yesterday H&H had believed there were just two slaughterhouses licensed for the killing of horses in the UK — Turners’ in Cheshire and Potters’ in Somerset.

    However it has emerged that three other premises — Peter Boddy’s in Todmorden, Bowards Farm in Thirsk and Hewitts in Chester are also licensed by the FSA.

    Andrew Rhodes, FSA director of operations, said: “I ordered an audit of all horse producing abattoirs in the UK after this issue first arose last month and I was shocked to uncover what appears to be a blatant misleading of consumers.

    “I have suspended both plants immediately while our investigations continue.”

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