Blaming continental Europe for the horsemeat scandal appeared to backfire on British food chiefs after police raided and closed a slaughterhouse in northern England and a meat processing company in Wales on Tuesday night.
The two firms are suspected of selling horse carcasses which were used in beefburgers and kebabs.
It is the first time British food suppliers have been implicated in the scandal that has forced beef products off the country’s supermarket shelves.
British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson promised the investigation would be “relentless”.
“It is absolutely shocking that we actually have found this practice happening in the UK. This is the first incident. We will be following it up with the full rigour of investigative powers invested in the Food Standards Agency,” he said.
Earlier, two Romanian slaughterhouses emerged as the alleged source of the horsemeat, sold on to other European food producers.
But one of the Romanian firms – CarmOlimp – has defended its practices.
“In 2012, our company on three occasions exported horsemeat to Holland, that was three trucks, a total of 60 tons of meat. This meat was sold as horsemeat, at a price which clearly indicated that it was horsemeat. Our partner had asked for horsemeat and received, along with all necessary documentation, horsemeat,” said General Manager Paul Soneriu.
Ministers from several European countries caught up in the affair are meeting in Brussels today.
The results of UK wide tests on all processed beef products are due to be released on Friday.
- 1Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin | euronews, world news
- 2Chomsky says US is world’s biggest terrorist | euronews, the global conversation
- 3euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 4Nepal: ‘equally big earthquakes coming in eastern regions,’ expert tells euronews | euronews, world news
- 5It’s a girl: Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge gives birth in London | euronews, world news
- 6How Nepal earthquake devastated Kathmandu’s UNESCO heritage | euronews, world news
- 7Chernobyl Children: what makes Ukrainians born in 1986 different? | euronews, world news
- 8Juncker to Hungarian PM Orban: “Hello, Dictator!”
- 9Evidence of ancient wine found in Georgia a vintage quaffed some 6,000 years BC
- 10Exclusive: unrest in FYR Macedonia could hit other Balkan countries warns Serbian PM | euronews, world news
- 11International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 12International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 13Andrea Ferrari: the graphene guru | euronews, science
- 14Portuguese language reform law goes global | euronews, world news
- 15EU membership remains Serbia’s priority, says PM Aleksandar Vucic | euronews, the global conversation
- 16Spanish voters punish mainstream parties in local and regional elections
- 17Watch: France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen clashes with UKIP MEP Woolfe | euronews, world news
- 18Spain: the viral soldiers fighting in Madrid and Barcelona mayoral races | euronews, world news
- 19How young translators are helping knit European culture together | euronews, generation y
- 20eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
Wires > News
- 10:46 CET China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea
- 10:41 CET Taliban suicide bombers attack Afghan court killing two
- 10:17 CET Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions
- 10:11 CET Malaysia refuses entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy student activist
- 10:09 CET Malaysia refuses entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy student activist
- 09:56 CET Insight – Erdogan’s ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote
- 08:59 CET Australia to strip citizenship from dual-national militants
- 08:21 CET Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa