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Two men arrested in connection with horsemeat scandal

Two men have been arrested in connection with investigations into the horsemeat scandal, City of London Police revealed last night.

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Two men arrested in connection with horsemeat scandal

A further two men have been interviewed under caution while a number of businesses and homes across the UK have been searched.

Using its National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, the force was initially asked to review all the available evidence regarding the scandal that had been collected by law enforcement agencies in the UK and Europe, as well as from the Food standards Agency’s own regulatory activity taking place in different parts of the country. This resulted in a police investigation being launched in May.

Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Shaw, from the City of London Police, said: "This is an extremely complex investigation covering a number of jurisdictions and a variety of businesses.We are working closely with police forces, other law enforcement agencies and regulators to determine whether horse meat being used in a range of meat products was deliberate and coordinated criminal activity."

The force would not say when the men were arrested and said it had only released details now due to "operational reasons".

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