Kristin Jones, Head of Specialist Fraud for the CPS said:
"The CPS has today authorised charges against three men, relating to the sale of mixed beef and horsemeat products which were sold as beef.
"After carefully considering evidence from the UK and overseas, the CPS has decided that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to charge these three men.
"This decision comes after a thorough investigation conducted by the City of London Police in liaison with partner agencies.
"Ulrik Nielsen, Alex Ostler-Beech and Andronicos Sideras will appear at the City of London Magistrates Court on Tuesday 27 September 2016.
"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Nielsen, Ostler-Beech and Sideras will now be commenced and of their right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
Details of charge:
Alex OSTLER-BEECH, Ulrik NIELSEN, and Andronicos SIDERAS between 1 January 2012 and 31 October 2012 conspired together, and with others, to defraud purchasers of goods that contained, wholly or in part, a mixture of beef and horsemeat, by dishonestly arranging for beef and horsemeat to be combined for sale as beef.
Conspiracy to Defraud, contrary to Common Law.