The staff of the pan-European police force Europol has arrested 66 people suspected that they sold the citizens of the EU horsemeat that does not meet food standards, which were given for the beef, using false documents.
About it writes on Sunday, July 16, the news Agency Reuters.
In addition, employees of law enforcement service arrested Bank accounts of the suspects and confiscated belonging to real estate and luxury cars.
The beginning of this scandal relates to 2013, when the audit carried out in Ireland revealed the presence of horse meat in several products.
The investigation revealed that the attackers used meat Spanish and Portuguese horses – the sick or the dead. Spanish police sent false documentation for these products in Belgium, which is the largest exporter of food in the EU.
Europol reports that the main suspect, a Dutch citizen, was detained in Belgium and 65 in Spain. They were charged with animal cruelty, forgery, obstruction of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and participation in a criminal conspiracy.
The article notes that horse meat instead of beef were found in 5% of the total number of food products sold in the EU.