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Farmbox Meats: Dafydd Raw-Rees and Colin Patterson to face charges

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Two men from a Ceredigion company have been accused of mislabelling goat meat as lamb or mutton.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner of Farmbox Meats in Llandre, near Aberystwyth, and employee Colin Patterson will face 19 charges under the Food Safety Act.

They will also face one offence of failing to comply with traceability requirements of meat sold by the firm.

The pair will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 14 April.

Mr Raw-Rees and Mr Patterson were initially arrested on suspicion of fraud in February last year at the height of the horsemeat scandal and following a raid by Food Standards Agency officials investigating claims of horsemeat being sold on as beef.

No charges have been brought in relation to that investigation and they remain on bail.

But the men have now been told they will be charged with offences relating to the mislabelling of goat meat.

Aled Owen, of JCP Solicitors in Swansea, who is representing Mr Raw-Rees and Mr Patterson, said: "My clients were arrested on an allegation relating to the sale of horsemeat - no such charges have been brought against them.

"The prosecution have preferred charges relating to certain technical offences, which are firmly denied and will be contested."

Meanwhile, in a separate investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Calderdale Council, two men have been charged with failing to comply with the traceability requirements of horses slaughtered at a premises in West Yorkshire.

Peter Boddy, owner of a slaughterhouse in Todmorden, and David Moss, the slaughterhouse manager, are accused of breaking General Food Regulations. Mr Moss is also charged with one count of forgery.

Both men will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 14 April.

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