Dutch businessman behind horsemeat scandal gets two and a half years' jail

April 7, 2015 12:50 PM

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The businessman at the center of a Europe-wide fraud in which falsely labeled horsemeat led to thousands of tonnes of meat being recalled was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Tuesday.

A Dutch court found that two meat wholesalers owned by Willy Selten had bought and processed a minimum of 330 tonnes (336,000 kg) of horsemeat in 2011 and 2012, selling it on to customers who believed they were buying pure beef.

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