Dutch meat trader Jan Fasen, who worked for Draap Trading, the company at the centre of last year’s European horse meat scandal, is currently in custody as subject of a meat-labelling fraud investigation. The charges stem from an incident in which horse meat from Romania found its way into numerous frozen ground beef products in Europe.
The investigation has revealed that this is not Fasen’s first meat-labelling fraud case. Actually, a similar case went before a court in the Netherlands in 2012, in which horse meat from Mexico, Brazil and Canada was passed off as halal beef. Court documents show that the Canadian horse meat was purchased from the now defunct Natural Valley Farms Inc. of Wolseley, Saskatchewan. Halal foods are those which Muslims are permitted to eat, which has been prepared according to Islamic law.
To learn more, read the Globe and Mail’s article here.