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Dutch plant raided for 'mixing horse and beef': prosecutor

Published on Feb 16, 2013 1:22 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch officials on Friday raided a meat processing plant in the south of the Netherlands believed to be mixing horse meat and beef and selling it on as pure beef, the public prosecutor said.

The unnamed plant in North Brabant province allegedly bought horse carcasses from the Netherlands and Ireland which were shredded and mixed with beef and sold on as pure beef, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

It was not clear whether the plant in question is connected with the tainted beef scandal sweeping through Europe and it is not known where the allegedly mixed meat was eventually delivered, the statement said.

The plant was probed as part of a criminal investigation by the prosecutor's office and the government's food and consumer watchdog NVWA.

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