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Upset meat plant owner vows to sue

26 June 2013

THE owner of a meat cutting plant has vowed to sue the Food Standards Agency after his business went bust this month in the wake of the Europe-wide horsemeat scandal - leaving 12 people out of work.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, speaking to the Cambrian News, said that he would sue the FSA for alleged “defamation and compensation”, as well as Dyfed-Powys Police for alleged “wrongful arrest” following February’s investigations at Farmbox Meats in Llandre.

Mr Raw-Rees, 64, was arrested in February on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act, along with plant manager Colin Patterson, after a raid by police and FSA officers, but Mr Raw-Rees has continually maintained there was no wrongdoing at the plant.

Mr Raw-Rees, who remains on bail, said the decision to bring in receivers was “heart-breaking” and laid the blame for up to a dozen people losing work squarely at the door of the authorities.

“The investigations are the full and only reason that the plant has had to shut,” he said.

“We have been through umpteen tests and there has been no evidence whatsoever of horse DNA cross-contamination."

 

Click here for the full story, or see this week's Aberystwyth edition of the Cambrian News

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