26 persons arrested for horse meat trafic
After two years of investigation in 7 European Countries, Eurojust and the state of France have succeeded to arrest all the persons involved in the 2013 criminal horse meat trafic, including the leader of the criminal network. The arrested persons were originated mainly from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The inquiry has been started 5 years ago in Belgiumn but most of the trafic was located in south of France, where the horses have been slaughtered.
According to Eurojust, between 2010 and 2013, 4 700 horses have been illegally slaughtered and introduced in the food chain. Some prohibited medication were found in this meat.
Since the horse meat scandal has raised in 2003, genetic tests have been done randomly everywhere in Europe. According to the EU Commission, 5% of the meat labelled "beef" is in reality horse meat.