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Findus, French supplier ready to sue in horsemeat scandal


Swedish food giant Findus and French meat supplier Spanghero said Saturday they were ready to file suit in a scandal where horsemeat has turned up in products labelled beef.

"We were deceived," the managing director of Findus France, Matthieu Lambeaux, said in a statement. "We will file a complaint against 'X' from Monday."

"X" is a legal concept used in France when the persons responsible for an alleged violation are not known.

Spanghero, the French supplier of meat for Findus lasagna products, said Saturday it was ready to sue the Romanian source of its meat.

"We bought European origin beef and we resold it. If it really is horsemeat, we are going to go after the Romanian supplier," Spanghero President Barthelemy Aguerre told AFP by telephone.

The Spanghero president did not disclose the name of the Romanian source, saying he did not have it on him.

Findus withdrew various frozen meals from France and Sweden on Friday, a day after withdrawing frozen beef lasagne from sale in Britain that was found to contain up to 100 percent equine flesh.

The British supermarket chain Aldi voiced anger Friday after finding that two of its own brand frozen ready meal ranges -- beef lasagne and spaghetti bolognese -- contained between 30 and 100 percent horsemeat.

The meals were all produced in Luxembourg for French supplier Comigel, which said the horsemeat used originally came from a Romanian abattoir via Spanghero in southwest France.