An organised crime group that was selling horse meat that was unfit for human consumption has been broken up by Guardia Civil and Europol.
66 people have been arrested in the operation, which was carried out in coordination with authorities in Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
65 people arrested in Spain have been charged with crimes including animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and being part of a criminal organisation.
Bank accounts, properties and luxury cars were seized as part of the investigation.
Samples of horse meat taken during the investigation concluded that the horse meat was destined for markets outside of Spain.
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