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French horse meat scandal firm says government too quick to point finger

Published on Feb 15, 2013 4:28 PM
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A sign with the Spanghero logo is seen at their head office in Castelnaudary, France on Feb 14, 2013. The president of the meat-processing company said on Friday the government had been too quick to accuse it of knowingly selling horse meat labelled as beef, and said he would prove the firm's innocence. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - The president of French meat-processing company Spanghero said on Friday the government had been too quick to accuse it of knowingly selling horse meat labelled as beef, and said he would prove the firm's innocence.

Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon on Thursday released details of an investigation into the firm, which he said indicated Spanghero as the likely culprit in the horse meat scandal that has enraged consumers across Europe and implicated traders and abattoirs from Cyprus to Romania.

"I don't know who is behind this, but I can tell you it's not us. I'm astonished," Spanghero boss Barthelemy Aguerre told Europe 1 radio. "I think we will prove our innocence and that of my associate. I think the government has been too quick."

The French probe into how horse meat got into ready meals sold across Europe found that the Spanghero firm labelled meat as beef when it knew what it was processing may have been horse, Mr Hamon said.