France's Beef With Buffalo Grill

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WHERE'S THE BEEF FROM? France's Buffalo Grill is in court

McDonald's may think it has problems, but they're small fries compared with the woes now afflicting France's Buffalo Grill, a burger chain with 260 outlets in France and branches in Spain, Belgium and Switzerland. On Dec. 19, a French magistrate investigating the deaths of two people in 2000 and 2001 from an illness linked to "mad cow" disease charged four Buffalo Grill executives, including founder Christian Picart, with involuntary homicide, endangering the lives of others and fraud. Magistrate Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy acted on suspicions that the chain used tainted British beef in defiance of the six-year-long French ban, which was lifted in...

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