French police arrest eight in horse meat probe - prosecutors

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Managers of former meat processing firm Spanghero detained for questioning as authorities continue inquiry into the mislabeling of beef as horse.

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French police Tuesday arrested eight managers of the French company at the heart of Europe's horse meat scandal as authorities continue their inquiry into the mislabeling of beef as horse, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The managers of former meat processing firm Spanghero SAS, which now operates as La Lauragaise, were being detained in southwest France for questioning, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors' office said.

The French government in February accused Spanghero of knowingly labeling horse meat as beef and selling it to large distributors of frozen meals.

Spanghero has denied the allegations. Officials at La Lauragaise weren't immediately available to comment on the arrests.

The arrests are part of the Paris prosecutor's investigation into the horse meat scandal, which began last February at the peak of the affair.

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