France’s highest criminal court has dismissed manslaughter charges against four executives of steakhouse chain Buffalo Grill, which was accused of using British beef during an embargo.

The Cour de Cassation said that there was not enough evidence to convict the executives of causing the deaths of two regular customers, who died of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease.

However, the four men still face charges of fraud and endangering lives, reported BBC News Online.

Buffalo Grill denied breaking the ban on importing beef from the UK that was imposed following an outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.