French consumer affairs minister Benoit Hamon
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French firm 'mislabelled horsemeat'

French meat processing company Spanghero sold meat labelled as beef despite knowing it could have been horsemeat, the French government has said. Spanghero denies the allegations.

French meat processing company Spanghero knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef, the French government has said.

Its licence is being suspended while investigations continue.

Spanghero has denied the allegations, saying it had only ever dealt in meat it believed to be beef.

But French consumer affairs minister Benoit Hamon told a press conference that there were a number of factors that should have alerted Spanghero to the nature of the meat, including a customs code, and the price.

  • 14 Feb
  • From the section Europe