The products, marketed by three firms in the Brittany region, were bound for export

The products, marketed by three firms in the Brittany region, were bound for export

An investigation in France has uncovered fraudulent practices on around 6,000 tonnes of poultry products for export markets.

The products, marketed by three Brittany-based firms, were bound for export and had a market value of EUR3m (US$3.9m).

The police investigation has yielded evidence on products over a number of years that related to the falsification of microbiological analyses and the tampering of samples in order to meet regulations in several countries, in particular Russia. A trial is scheduled to begin in September.

The prosecutor has not revealed the identity of the firms but disclosed they belong to the same group. just-food understands one of the companies is Trégunc-based Société de Fabrication de Viande. The firm, however, declined to comment.

Last year, SFV was fined for marketing types of offal that are prohibited.