Three men accused of mixing beef with horsemeat and passing it off as beef are being charged with fraud, the Crown Prosecution Service have announced.

Alex Ostler-Beech, Ulrik Nielsen and Andronicos Sideras have been ordered to appear before magistrates in London in September.

They are accused of conspiring together, and with others, to defraud shoppers by arranging to sell the beef-horsemeat as pure beef.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s head of specialist fraud, Kristin Jones, said officials believed it was “in the public interest” to charge the men.

It comes after Yorkshire slaughterhouse boss Peter Boddy, aged 65, was fined £8,000 in May last year over the horsemeat scandal, after admitting that he failed to abide by EU meat rules.

The controversy was exposed in January 2013, when horse DNA was found in frozen burgers sold in several British and Irish supermarkets – including Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Dunnes Stores.

have announced.

Alex Ostler-Beech, Ulrik Nielsen and Andronicos Sideras have been ordered to appear before magistrates in London in September.

They are accused of conspiring together, and with others, to defraud shoppers by arranging to sell the beef-horsemeat as pure beef.

The Crown Prosecution Service’s head of specialist fraud, Kristin Jones, said officials believed it was “in the public interest” to charge the men.

It comes after Yorkshire slaughterhouse boss Peter Boddy, aged 65, was fined £8,000 in May last year over the horsemeat scandal, after admitting that he failed to abide by EU meat rules.

The controversy was exposed in January 2013, when horse DNA was found in frozen burgers sold in several British and Irish supermarkets – including Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland and Dunnes Stores.