Guilty plea from horsemeat slaughterhouse owner

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the guilty plea made by slaughterhouse owner Peter Boddy, who is the first person to face jail over charges relating to the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Boddy admitted one count of failing to abide by EU meat traceability regulations in relation to 17 horse carcases at Southwark Crown Court on 28 January, it has been widely reported.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment.

A spokesperson from the FSA told Meatinfo: “The Food Standards Agency welcomes the guilty plea made by Peter Boddy at Southwark Crown Court. This case has highlighted the importance of food businesses abiding by food traceability rules which are there to protect both the consumer and the business.”

At an earlier hearing Boddy pleaded guilty to failing to comply with regulations which state the source of meat should be traceable from field to plate.

He admitted selling 50 horses for meat but failing to keep proper records to show who bought them.

David Moss, who managed Boddy’s slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, admitted forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction in February 2013.

But he denied that he had failed to comply with food traceability regulations. The charge was left to lie on file, along with a charge of failing to comply with EU meat traceability regulations.

Boddy was charged following a joint investigation by the FSA, Dyfed Powys Police and Calderdale Council.

His slaughterhouse was raided by the FSA in February 2013 over concerns he had supplied horse carcases to Aberystwyth-based Farmbox Meats, now believed to be in administration.

At the time Boddy told local newspaper the Hebden Bridge Times: “I am seriously fed up. This is totally wrong and I will be going to see my solicitor this morning. I have done nothing wrong.”

Both men will be sentenced on 23 March at London’s Southwark Crown Court.


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