First horsemeat court sentences are welcomed by FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it is “pleased” with results of the first prosecution brought after the investigation into the horsemeat incident in 2013.

“Criminal activity like this across Europe contributed to the horsemeat incident,” said FSA chief operating officer, Jason Feeney, commenting on the handing of an £8000 fine to Peter Boddy at Southwark Crown Court, after he admitted failing to comply with food traceability regulations, and the imposition of a four-month suspended prison sentence on David Moss, for falsifying an invoice.

They were each required to also pay costs of more than £10,000.

“We are pleased with the successful conclusion of this prosecution,” said Mr Feeney. “The rules on food traceability are there to protect consumers and legitimate businesses and consumers need to know that their food is what it says it is on the label.”

He also said that the FSA would continue to support ongoing investigations into the incident.

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