Dutch man jailed for horsemeat offences

A Dutch meat wholesaler has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for his part in the European horsemeat scandal in 2013.

Willy Selten, 45, was arrested in 2013 for selling over 300 tonnes of horsemeat on as beef, and a Dutch court found him guilty of falsifying invoices, delivery notes and written statements.

Selten denied intentionally deceiving customers, claiming it was a case of careless administration. However, this was rejected by prosecutors. The court asserted that Selten was deliberately misleading customers.

The trader has also been declared bankrupt and is reportedly facing damages claims of €11 million.

Horsegate hit the industry across Europe, with traces of horsemeat found in products sold as beef in France, the Netherlands and the UK.

At the end of March, Yorkshire slaughterhouse manager Peter Boddy was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs for his role in horsegate, in what was described as the first prosecution from the scandal.

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