Horsemeat Raid

13 Feb

Gosh HCC are busy! I’ve received yet another press release/statement from them this morning, which follow in full:

As a result of a joint investigation by the police and the Food Standards Agency, the following statement has been issued by Dai Davies, Chairman of red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru.

“We are shocked by the news that horse carcases slaughtered outside Wales have been discovered at a premises in Ceredigion and that they may have entered the human food chain incorrectly labelled as beef burgers or kebabs,” said Mr Davies. “This is a disturbing development in the ongoing horsemeat scandal, and Hybu Cig Cymru offers the police and the Food Standards Agency our full support to find the truth during this investigation.”

The latest horsemeat news focuses on Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, in Todmorden, west Yorkshire and Farmbox Meats Ltd, of Llandre near Aberystwyth. The west Yorkshire plant was thought to have supplied horse carcasses to the Aberystwyth firm, which were then allegedly sold on as beef for kebabs and burgers. Both premises were raided by Food Standard Agency, (FSA) officials and supported by police. FSA suspended operations at both premises and seized paperwork.

Andrew Rhodes, FSA stated: “We’ll keep pursuing this until there is nothing left to find”

Well I’m sure that this story will keep running. I’m sure we are nowhere near the bottom of the barrel yet. Of course the FSA will continue their investigations into horsemeat mislabelling, just prepare yourselves for more and more news. As matters develop I will post further.

I can only hope that HCC don’t go into hiding, but use this horsemeat fiasco to push and promote our independent butchers and producers – it’s part of their job, now I want to see them do it and support these guys.



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  1. trader girl

    February 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This is a story that will run and run
    Will HCC be sending out a message of confidence to the Welsh public? Or will they lie low until eventually, it’s run out of steam?

    I don’t always agree with your comments, but as far as HCC and wag, I’m with you all the way. 10 out of 10.

    Because of the seriousness of this scam, butchers are seeing a rise in sales, but without assistance from HCC, At long last they are given a boost in sale and my goodness that sector needs those sales.
    Why aren’t HCC explaining to the public what’s happening here in Wales? Why aren’t they telling the public, saying as someone else did on here about Irish meat coming into Wales, being slaughtered and then called Welsh? Why aren’t they working with you and trying to educate your readers, at least with the background of Welsh meat and what in theory they do at HCC? Why not publish simple recipes in the magazine? Ones that that will encourage people to buy and cook the cheaper cuts without feeling silly if they are not clever in the kitchen? Why aren’t they doing this with you?
    Why can’t HCC be honest with the public?
    I don’t understand this situation at all.

  2. admin

    February 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I’m pleased you don’t always agree with me, but you must leave comments. That’s really important as it gives me a better picture of what people are thinking that are working in the food business.

    100 people were on welshfoodbites yesterday and 95 the day before, Saturday and Sunday figures will of course be much lower when HCC and wag are not working though!!!!!

    I’ve given the background of HCC and wag from our side, that’s all I can do.
    HCC and wag are in control of their budgets and make their own decisions how they spend our money. But we have a right to question whether both parties get value-for-money. These guys are their own bosses and will do whatever they wish. HCC can keep quiet and hide, or they can send out a positve message. AFter spending years doing PR I know which way I’d go………………

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