UK: 3 men arrested in horsemeat scandal

UK police investigating horsemeat scandal arrest 3 men at meat plants

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UK: 3 men arrested in horsemeat scandal
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CORRECTS LOCATION In this Feb. 12, 2013 men ride on a horse pulled cart passing by the Doly Com abattoir, in Roma, Romania, one of the two Romanian plants suspected in the recent European horse meat scandal . Europe’s horsemeat scandal has focused the spotlight on Romania and its network of 35 plants authorized to butcher horses. France says Romanian butchers were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat being labeled as beef in frozen meals across Europe. The Romanians have bristled and say the meat was properly declared when it left the country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

PARIS (AP) -- British police say three men have been arrested by officers investigating the burgeoning horsemeat scandal in Europe.

Police in Wales said Thursday's arrests on suspicion of fraud offenses occurred at two plants that were inspected earlier this week by the U.K.'s Food Standards Agency.

Police said two men — ages 64 and 42 — were arrested at Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth, in Wales, while a 63-year-old man was arrested at the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

The Food Standards Agency on Tuesday had "detained" all meat on the premises and seized paperwork and customer lists from the two plants.

Pan-European police agency Europol is coordinating a continent-wide fraud investigation amid allegations of an international criminal conspiracy to substitute horse for more expensive beef.

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