London – Andronicos Sideras, 55, was found guilty of purposefully mixing horse meat with beef and selling it as pure beef. His scheme began to fall apart 5 years ago when a surprise inspection in Ireland found a third of the pallets produced by Sideras’ company, Dinos & Sons, contained horse meat.
It took 10 hours and 17 minutes for the jury of 5 men and 7 women at London Crown Court to find Sideras guilty after a 4 week trial. Among the evidence presented was how Flexifoods, whose owner Ulrik Nielsen and Alex Beech had already plead guilty, would buy horse meat and beef from around Europe and deliver it to Dinos for repackaging. Dinos would mislabel the mixed meat as pure beef and delivery it to supermarkets and restaurant supply companies.
Horse meat’s wholesale value was 2 euros per kilgram, while beef’s wholesale was 3 euros a kilogram. Sideras’ plot to mix the two and pass it off as pure beef was solely motivated by greed.
Inspectors found 3 microchips inside the horse meat, and were able to track the horses back to their previous owners. Two of the horses, Wiktor and Trak, were from Poland, and the third was an Irish Hunter named Carnesella Lady from Ireland. There was no indication that the horses were sold for slaughter.
Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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