is culturally taboo in Britain and in 2013 the country's food
industry was rocked by scandal when it emerged that horsemeat
was being sold in some imported beef products.
Investigations at the time found that companies including
Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco and fast-food chain Burger
King were selling beef products that contained horsemeat.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Ulrik Nielsen, Alex
Ostler-Beech and Andronicos Sideras are accused of conspiring
together and with others to sell as beef a mixture of what was
in fact horsemeat and beef.
The charges relate to activities between January and October of
2012 and follow an investigation by City of London Police.
"After carefully considering evidence from the UK and overseas,
the CPS has decided that there is sufficient evidence to provide
a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public
interest to charge these three men," the CPS said a statement.
They will appear at City of London Magistrates Court on Sept.
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)
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