The Straits Times
Published on Feb 09, 2013

UK lasagne horsemeat came from Romanian abattoir


PARIS (AFP) - Horsemeat found in frozen lasagne sold in British supermarkets originated in a Romanian abattoir, the French supplier Comigel told AFP on Friday.

The meat was provided to Comigel via a meat-processing company called Spanghero, which is based in Castelnaudary in southwestern France, company chairman Erick Lehagre said.

Mr Lehagre told AFP that Comigel thought it was being supplied with beef from French cattle. After the scandal broke however it had established that Spanghero was sourcing the meat in Romania.

"We realised a week ago that there was a problem, after being alerted by customers in Britain," Mr Lehagre said.