3 Men Charged With Selling Horse Meat as Beef

These men allegedly took part in the horse meat scandal that plagued UK supermarkets in 2013
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The trio is set to appear at City of London Magistrates’ Court on Sept. 27.

Three men tied to the 2013 horse meat scandal in the U.K. have been charged with conspiracy to defraud and are to appear at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on Sept. 27, according to Food Navigator.

The men are Alex Beech from Hull, England; Ulrik Nielsen from Gentofte, Denmark; and Andrew Sideras from Southgate, London.

From January to October 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) alleges, the trio and others took part in combining beef and horse meat that was sold as beef.

“After carefully considering evidence from the U.K. and overseas, the CPS has decided that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to charge these three men,” said Kristin Jones, head of specialist fraud for the CPS.

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