Dutch slaughterhouse horse meat scandal

This April 2013 video says about itself:

The horsemeat scandal UK government now says “needs crime unit”

Horsemeat Scandal: Tracing the beginnings of widespread horsemeat selling to Ireland

This shocking report into the Irish roots of the horsemeat scandal goes undercover to reveal a systematic criminal harvest of thousands of horses, which netted millions and stretches well beyond Ireland’s borders.

“Nobody bothered asking the question, where are all the Irish horses going?”, says animal rights activist Stephen Philpott, who ran a surveillance operation on gangs smuggling thousands of unwanted horses across the border for illegal slaughter.”Five years ago horses like that were everywhere.” It was all an unexpected consequence of the global financial crisis. When the bubble burst in Ireland, expensive horses were dumped and left to fend for themselves in parks, fields and by the side of the road. It wasn’t long before criminal gangs got in on the action.

One whistle-blower, who is now in fear of his life, admits forging passports for the horses to get them across borders. He says these fakes were never checked. He also reveals how horses too weak to travel were routinely drugged to make sure they arrived at the abattoir still alive. “If you could get it up the ramp it would be on”, he says. Alan Reilly, CEO of the Food Standards Authority, explains how “there are over 26 countries in Europe who are now involved”. But in this scandal, nobody – from the supermarkets to the suppliers – is accepting blame.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Slaughterhouse Van Hattem in Dodewaard and its director are prosecuted for their role in a horse meat scandal five years ago. They are suspected of forgery.

At the slaughterhouse, horse meat is said to have been processed in products that were sold as beef. With this, the director is said to have made profits illegally: EUR 250,000.

At the beginning of 2014, the slaughterhouse came to the notice because of possible fraud with horse meat. The Dutch Food and Consumer Authority (NVWA) then found DNA of horses in the beef of the butcher.


The slaughterhouse had to recall 690 tons of meat. According to the NVWA, Van Hattem’s administrative system was unclear. As a result, the processed meat was poorly traceable and they were not sure whether it was safe either. That meat was delivered to the supermarkets DekaMarkt, Deen and Vomar.

At least 200 species of large animals are decreasing in number and more than 150 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans’ meat consumption habits are primarily to blame: here.

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