French processing company to blame for horsemeat fraud
PARIS (REUTERS) - A French investigation into how horsemeat found its way into ready meals in Europe has found that a French processing company called Spanghero sold as beef what could have been horsemeat, the government said on Thursday.
"It would seem that the first agent in this chain to label the meat 'beef' was indeed Spanghero," Consumer Affairs Minister Benoit Hamon said of the company based in the south-western town of Castelnaudry.
"The investigation shows Spanghero knew the meat labelled as beef could be horse. There was a strong suspicion," he said, arguing that Spanghero could also not have failed to notice that the meat in question was much cheaper than beef.
In an emailed statement, Spanghero denied the accusations and said it firmly believed that what it was selling was beef.