Abattoir boss fined in first horsegate prosecution

Peter Boddy has been fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs after failing to comply with food traceability regulations, in what is being described as the first prosecution from the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Boddy, sentenced today (23 March) at Southwark crown court in London, admitted selling 55 horses for meat from his West Yorkshire abattoir without keeping proper records.

Slaughterhouse manager David Moss was given a four month suspended sentence for falsifying an invoice. Both men were ordered to pay costs of more than £10,000 after admitting breaching EU traceability regulations.

The Todmorden slaughterhouse boss said 37 of the 55 carcasses went to Italian restuarants but failed to make any record of their destination. He also accepted 17 animals into the abattoir without documents showing their source.

Jason Feeney, chief operating officer at the FSA, said: “We are pleased with the successful conclusion of this prosecution. The rules on food traceability are there to protect consumers and legitimate businesses.

“Criminal activity like this across Europe contributed to the horsemeat incident. Consumers need to know that their food is what it says it is on the label. The FSA continues to support the ongoing investigations into the incident.”

The FSA added that it has, in addition to the on-going investigation and along with other government departments, been implementing the recommendations from the Elliott Review into the integrity of the UK food chain. This includes the establishment of the Food Crime Unit, for which a new head, Andy Morling, was announced today.

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