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British slaughterhouse shut down

LONDON — British authorities on Tuesday raided a slaughterhouse and a meat processing company suspected of selling horse meat labeled as beef for kebabs and burgers, shutting them down and seizing all the meat found.

It was the first time since the growing scandal broke across Europe that horse meat being marketed as beef has been traced to an abattoir in Britain, officials said.

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Millions of burgers have been recalled around Europe, and many accusations have been made, but so far it’s not clear how horse meat got introduced into so many beef products. French authorities have already pointed to an elaborate supply chain that involved Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders that resulted in horse meat disguised as beef being sold in frozen meals like lasagna and moussaka around the continent.

Britain’s Food Standards Agency said it shut down the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in northern England’s Yorkshire and a company it allegedly supplied horse carcasses to, Farmbox Meats, in west Wales.

While no health effects have been reported, the scandal has unsettled consumers and made clear that unscrupulous dealers in the network of meat wholesalers are benefiting from selling much cheaper horse meat as beef.

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