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Horsemeat fraudster sentenced to prison
On several occasion Sidera, Nielsen and Ostler-Beech conspired to mix consignments of beef with horsemeat.
Andronicos Sideras labelled horsemeat products as beef

A businessman who was found guilty of passing horsemeat off as beef has been sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment.

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Andronicos Sideras was sentenced at London Crown Court on Monday (31 July).  

His accomplice, Ulrich Neilson of Flexi Foods, was sentenced to three years and six months, while a third man - Alex Ostler- Beech, also of Flexi Foods - received an 18-month suspended sentence.

FSA chairman Heather Hancock said: “The sentencing today is the result of an immense effort by individuals in a multi-agency investigation and, as well as the police, I’d like to highlight the key role played by local authorities in securing the conviction.

“Today’s sentences should act as a deterrent to those who think they can profit from committing food fraud.”

On several occasion Sidera, Nielsen and Ostler-Beech conspired to mix consignments of beef with horsemeat, falsely labelling it as beef and increasing their profits as a result.

Their crime was discovered after an environmental health officer visited a meat manufacturer in Newry, Northern Ireland. The officer assessed 12 pallets of meat and, of those, two pallets contained large quantities of horsemeat.  

The FSA led the investigation before passing the responsibility to the City of London police in 2013. 

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

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The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.