as published in The Sun by By NICK PARKER
CRUELLY abused wild horses are feared to have been slaughtered and shipped to British supermarket suppliers to be sold as beef
In one of the worst incidents 54 stolen wild horses were found in sickening squalor aboard a truck heading to a slaughterhouse.
Some had wounds from being STABBED and BEATEN with sticks and crowbars. They were denied food or water for days before a 28-hour journey to the abattoir.
A source close to the investigation said last night: “The meat from this racket would almost certainly have been sent abroad and there’s no telling where it would have wound up.
Last week frozen food giant Findus confirmed up to 100 per cent horse meat had been found in some of its beef lasagne.
The scandal deepened as a French company supplying horse meat passed off as beef to British shoppers was revealed to have been at the centre of a major E.coli scare in June 2011.
Inspectors feared that 12 tons of beef mince from the Spanghero plant in Castelnaudary, in South West France, was riddled with the potentially lethal bacteria. The firm is currently under investigation for importing horse meat from Romania which was then labelled as beef.
Authorities in France launched an “urgent” investigation into both Comigel and Spanghero.
Sorin Minea, president of Romanian Employers’ Federation of Food, insisted horse meat had not been passed off as beef.
He said: “The problem is not in Romania — it is a French problem.”
- Criminal gangs implicated in horse-meat scandal (horsetalk.co.nz)
- Consumers warned of more horse-meat contamination (horsetalk.co.nz)
- UK News: Plants raided in horse meat inquiry (walesonline.co.uk)
- Romania denies horse-meat contamination as scandal widens. (bloomberg.com)
- Horse-Meat? Donkey-Meat? Meat…think about! (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)