57 tonnes of illegal British mutton found in France

Meat processor Spanghero has taken court action in Paris after 57 tonnes of EU-banned British mutton was discovered at its factory in France.

Veterinarians found the banned meat in Spanghero warehouses in Castelnaudary, according to French RTL.

Spanghero has taken court action against its Dutch supplier, reported by magazine The Grocer to be Draap Trading, as the mutton is believed to come from the same firm that supplied 750 tonnes of horsemeat to the French meat firm.

Mechanically separated mutton has been banned by the EU since 2001, due to health concerns, and the new discovery has raised fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

It is not yet known if any of the meat has already been distributed to the public.

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