Narbonne (France) (AFP) – French police made 21 arrests Monday as part of a probe into claims horsemeat used to help produce anti-rabies and other serums ended up on people’s plates.
The case sparked immediate health concerns but prosecutors were quick to quell fears, saying there was no evidence the meat was harmful based on toxicology tests.
It follows a Europe-wide health scare earlier this year when horsemeat was found in millions of ready meals labelled as containing only beef.
The arrests were made at various locations in the south of France following a tip-off that 200 horses, including 60 that had been owned by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, ended up in abattoirs after their veterinary papers were falsified, a police source told AFP.
More than 100 officers were involved in raids at several Sanofi offices and at various abattoirs, including one in Gerona in northern Spain.
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