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French firm suspected as culprit in horsemeat scandal

A sign with the Spanghero logo is seen at their head office in Castelnaudary, Southwestern France, February 14, 2013. An initial French investigation reported that horsemeat, which originated from a Romanian slaughterhouse, and transited through supplier Spanghero, ended up in a Luxembourg factory run by Comigel that produced food products labelled as beef meat. A French newspaper reported that Spanghero was billed for 42 tonnes in January 2013 for low grade horsemeat, which contradicts the firm's claim to have never knowingly bought or sold the meat. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles

A sign with the Spanghero logo is seen at their head office in Castelnaudary, Southwestern France, February 14, 2013. An initial French investigation reported that horsemeat, which originated from a Romanian slaughterhouse, and transited through...more

A sign with the Spanghero logo is seen at their head office in Castelnaudary, Southwestern France, February 14, 2013. An initial French investigation reported that horsemeat, which originated from a Romanian slaughterhouse, and transited through supplier Spanghero, ended up in a Luxembourg factory run by Comigel that produced food products labelled as beef meat. A French newspaper reported that Spanghero was billed for 42 tonnes in January 2013 for low grade horsemeat, which contradicts the firm's claim to have never knowingly bought or sold the meat. REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles
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France's Social and Solidarity Economy junior minister Benoit Hamon (L) and Agriculture, Food Processing Industry and Forests Minister Stephane Le Foll (R) are reflected in mirrors as they arrive for a news conference in Paris February 14, 2013. French meat supplier Spanghero knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef, according to the French government. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

France's Social and Solidarity Economy junior minister Benoit Hamon (L) and Agriculture, Food Processing Industry and Forests Minister Stephane Le Foll (R) are reflected in mirrors as they arrive for a news conference in Paris February 14, 2013....more

France's Social and Solidarity Economy junior minister Benoit Hamon (L) and Agriculture, Food Processing Industry and Forests Minister Stephane Le Foll (R) are reflected in mirrors as they arrive for a news conference in Paris February 14, 2013. French meat supplier Spanghero knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef, according to the French government. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
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