An abattoir in Cheshire has denied being linked to a criminal scam to smuggle horses from Ireland to the UK.
A BBC investigation was told that horses with false papers have been sent to the Red Lion abattoir in Nantwich.
The abattoir’s owner said no horse with false paperwork had ever knowingly been slaughtered there.
In a separate investigation, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it was looking at “inconsistencies with horse passports” at the slaughterhouse.
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme, a man claiming to be part of a criminal gang said he had delivered horses to the abattoir on “multiple occasions” on forged papers.
He said some horses were unfit for human consumption.
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