Nestlé Recall and Mafia Connections: 5 Things You Should Know As Horse Meat Scandal Growsby Tata Lohan "Getting to the bottom of how this came about has involved a lot of finger pointing. In Ireland, the ABP Food Group blamed supplies in Netherlands and Spain, and later Poland. “Five weeks into the scandal and the links in the Irish chain have still not been fully established,” writes the Guardian's Lawrence.” But this gets even more interesting in France, as she explains:
Comigel had subcontracted its ready meal production to a factory in Luxembourg, Tavola. It was supplied with meat by a company called Spanghero. Spanghero had bought meat from a Dutch fraudster already convicted of passing horse off as beef, Jan Fasen.
The Dutch trader ran a company called Draap, which spelled backwards is paard or Dutch for horse. It was registered in Cyprus in 2008, with an offshore vehicle in the British Virgin Islands. It emerged during Fasen's trial in Holland that he had supplied French companies with horsemeat imported from South America and Mexico fraudulently labelled as Dutch and German "beef" going back to 2007.
The horsemeat found in the recent tests on ready meals exported from France was said to have been sourced by Draap from Romania. The Romanian government has said its meat was legally exported correctly labeled as horse. The French government said Spanghero was the first agent to stamp the horse as beef; Spanghero has denied doing so deliberately. Fasen says Spanghero and French manufacturers were in on the deception from the beginning.It turns out there may be a whole lot more criminal to this case."
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Capitalists are an amazingly creative bunch always looking for an angle to exploit in the quest for the bottom line. Over at the Business Insider they zero in on the Mafia.
Europe's Horse Meat Problem Linked To The 'Mafia'
In the age of international terrorism and wanton slaughter in many parts of the world it's almost refreshing to read an old fashioned crime story. And of course this isn't the first time the world has seen this kind of large scale fraud. While I was reading about this story it reminded me that in the early 1950's something like that happened here. So I did a little poking around and discovered that yes over a two year period almost five million pounds of horsemeat had been sold as beef in a mafia inspired scam. First I found this story on the WBEZ site.