Two Men Jailed for Adding Horsemeat to Food Chain
Two men have been jailed for their roles in a conspiracy to pass off horsemeat as beef in a bid to bolster company profits.
Ulrik Nielsen, the Danish owner of FlexiFoods, bought horsemeat and beef from suppliers across Europe and had it delivered to Dino & Sons, a meat manufacturer in north London.
Andronicos Sideras, one of the owners of Dinos & Sons, then mixed the horsemeat and beef together before it was sold to other firms in a plot that deceived consumers and food processors.
Although the face value of the fraud was £177,869, police believe the true cost has probably run into millions of pounds.
At Inner London Crown Court, Sideras was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud and jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Nielsen, who had already pleaded guilty to the same charge, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars.
Alex Beech, who was described as Nielsen’s “right-hand man” because of his role in arranging for the shipments to be transferred, also pleaded guilty and was given an 18-month sentence suspended for 12 months.