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Spanghero Makes Clean Sweep with New Director General

03 April 2013

FRANCE - The management of beleaguered French meat business Spanghero, at the centre of a major French investigation has announced a five-point recovery plan.

In a statement issued on the eve of the Easter weekend, chairman Barthémy Aguerre announced the appointment of Serge Renaudin as director general with immediate effect, replacing Jacques Poujol.

Renaudin comes to the post with 30 years' experience in food manufacturing at Alliance-Cobevial.

His previous roles include factory manager, commercial director as well as director general, all of which will stand him in good stead at Spanghero, where a number of internal measures have been in place since the end of February.

On 25 February, the firm launched an internal audit of the internal quality control system.

This is being carried out by Mazars. Meanwhile, bacteriological monitoring procedures have been stepped up. Regular DNA checks are being carried out on batches of meat, regardless of their provenance.

The firm already procures 80% of its meat in France and is to close the gap by becoming a certified user of exclusively French beef and pork (the VBF and VPF badge schemes respectively).

"We have given Serge Renaudin the task of relaunching the business in the service of our clients and have put in place a set of measures to set this process in motion," Mr Aguerre said.

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