Farmbox Meats: Horsemeat probe plant goes into receivership

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A meat company in Ceredigion, which was investigated during the horsemeat scandal, has gone into receivership.

Work at Farmbox Meats Ltd, of Llandre, was suspended for a month in February by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as part of an inquiry into alleged mislabelling of meat products.

A solicitor for Farmbox's owner said the allegation was unfounded and they began an appeal.

Production stopped again in April over hygiene issues, disputed by the firm.

Production was originally stopped on 12 February following a raid by police and FSA officials investigating the discovery of horsemeat in processed beef products.

The firm's owner Dafydd Raw-Rees insisted at the time there had been no cross-contamination at the cutting plant and said he felt he had been "picked on".

Farmbox Meats was allowed to re-open operating under conditional approval in March.

But the FSA then decided to withdrawn the approval over hygiene standards, which the company disputed.

In April, Mr Raw-Rees, 64, said he planned to appeal against the decision, and threatened to take legal action against the FSA.

Leonard Curtis Recovery was appointed the company's receivers on 6 June after a hearing at Manchester High Court.

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