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Eight Arrested in France over Horse Meat Scandal

12 September 2013

FRANCE - French authorities have arrested eight former executives of the Spanghero company Castelnaudary (Aude) as part of the judicial inquiry into the horse meat scandal earlier this year.

The eight arrested have been accused of deception and aggravated fraud, forgery and use of forgeries according to a report in the French newspaper Figaro.

They are reported to be held in custody.

Their case is to be heard by the police of Central Office for the Environment and Public Health (OCLAESP) in Languedoc-Roussillon.

The Spanghero meat plant, which was forced to close because of the scandal over horse meat contamination of ready meal products and the loss of business it caused, has reopened under the name Lauragaise.

The contaminated products that had been produced by the meat processor were discovered in February of this year and a judicial inquiry into the issue was launched in Paris in March.

According to the Figaro report seven of the eight arrested no longer work for the new company and the eighth is in the process of a negotiated severance.

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