The Europol police service of the EU has detained 66 people in the framework of an investigation of a large-scale "meat scandal" involving the supply of horse meat under the guise of beef to the EU's retail trade chains, the press service of the police said.
The first traces were brought investigators to the firms in Spain and Portugal, which, making the fake documentation, sent horse meat to Belgium, a large European meat exporter.
As part of the investigation, 65 people were detained in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch citizen - in Belgium.
All detainees are accused of cruel treatment of animals, forgery of documents, obstruction of justice, harm to the health of others, money laundering and participation in criminal groups.
Note that the manipulation with horse meat, presented as beef, was first identified in Ireland in 2013.