Trial opens in France of 18 accused of vast horsemeat scam

The defendants, from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, are accused of mounting a pan-European trafficking scam of horsemeat unfit for human consumption which they sold to wholesalers and butchers.

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