Six years after the pan-European horsemeat scandal in Lasagne, a Paris court sentenced four officials to jail on Tuesday. Two years imprisonment is the verdict for the Dutch dealer Johannes Fasen, who organized the fraud. The former boss of the French meat processing company Spanghero, Jacques Poujol, has to go to prison for six months.
The men were convicted of consumer deception. They had spent more than 500 tonnes of horse meat as beef and put it on the market in Germany and other countries. The scandal involving lasagna, goulash and other finished products flew up in 2013.
The Paris Criminal Court remained with the verdict clearly below the demand of the prosecutor. She had demanded four years imprisonment for the Dutch chamois and one year in prison for the Frenchman Poujol. Two other defendants got away with suspended sentences.