Brits Raid Suspected Horsemeat Sellers

    TODMORDEN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  A police officer stands guard at the gate of the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse which was raided as part of the police inquiry into the sale of  horsemeat being sold as beef on February 13, 2013 in Todmorden, England. Officials searching for the source of horsemeat being passed off as beef have raided two meat plants in the United Kingdom. Police and officials from  The British Food Standards Agency entered the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in Todmorden which is suspected to have supplied horse carcasses to Farmbox Meats in Aberystwyth, Wales.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    British police and meat regulators on Tuesday night raided a slaughterhouse and a processing plant suspected of selling horsemeat as beef while French prosecutors opened a judicial investigation into whether the horsemeat was sold fraudulently. In Britain, selling horsemeat is not illegal, but eating it is taboo. The British regulator, Food Standards Agency, said it had suspended operations at a slaughterhouse in northern England and a processor in Wales, and the head of the agency is due to meet with European Union regulators in Brussels. The scandal began when burgers packaged as beef in Ireland were discovered to actually be horsemeat, and it has since spread to as many as 16 other countries. On Tuesday upscale British supermarket chain Waitrose pulled frozen meatballs from the shelves.

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