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A UK meat processor, supplying leading supermarkets, schools and hospitals, has been accused of passing off huge quantities of potentially unsafe foreign meat as British.
The National Food Crime Unit, which is part of the Food Standards Agency, is understood to have launched a major investigation.
Consumers have been kept in the dark about the potentially huge scandal, while a key industry trade body has expressed fury at not been told about the investigation.
The details have emerged some ten years after the crisis where horsemeat was passed off as beef and sold in burgers and ready meals by leading supermarkets, including Tesco, and fast food chains.
The allegations have been revealed by Farmers' Weekly and are based on the testimony of workers employed by the company, which has not been named pending possible prosecution.
The firm has been accused by former employees of regularly 'washing' hams that were visibly off, and mixing rotting pork with fresh product for further processing.
Other products such as ox tongues were not heat treated properly, and meat