France holds trial over horse meat found in frozen lasagna

Six years after the “Horsegate” scandal broke, four people went on trial in Paris on Monday over an elaborate alleged scheme that fed consumers across Europe frozen foods containing cheap horse meat fraudulently labeled as pricier beef.

The defendants at the trial, which is expected to last three weeks, included two former executives of French company Spanghero, accused of various fraud charges, and two Dutch meat traders.

The French executives – former Spanghero director Jacques Poujol and an ex-plant director Patrice Monguillon – are accused of selling more than 538 tons of horse meat mislabeled as beef to Tavola, a subsidiary of Comigel, a French company whose frozen meals were sold to companies across Europe.

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