MEAT SECTOR LEFT REELING AFTER HORSE DNA FOUND IN BURGER PRODUCTS

18 January 2013 One Comment by The Northern Standard

The meat processing sector in Cavan/Monaghan was dealt a blow this week when beef burger products from two local plants were found to contain horse DNA in testing by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
The ABP-owned Silvercrest Foods of Ballybay and Cavan’s Liffey Meats, as well as the UK company Dalepak Hambleton, were identified as the source of the products concerned.
In all the presence of horse DNA was found in more than one third of beef burger products tested in a study by the FSAI. Pig DNA was found in 85% of the beef burgers tested.
The FSAI said it conducted the study to examine the authenticity of a number of beef burger, beef meal and salami products available in retail outlets. Of the 27 beef burger products analysed, ten, or 37%, tested positive for horse DNA.
Products originating in the Netherlands and Spain added during processing appear to be the source of horse meat contamination detected by the study, the Minister for Agricutlure Simon Coveney stated yesterday.
A spokesperson for the Ballybay Silvercrest company pointed out that they had taken immediate action to isolate, withdraw and replace all suspect product. The company had also launched a full-scale investigation into two European third party suppliers.
Liffey Meats in Cavan stated that they had now identified the source of …

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  • Feargal Smith said:

    It’s a great worry for Ballybay and district that there is any taint on the reputation of Silvercrest. It would appear that through no fault on the part of the firm, there are traces of contamination in their burger products that have come from somewhere else. The government must be resolute in finding the source of this contamination and dealing with the offenders severely.
    The entire food sector in Ireland could suffer if stern action is not taken, not to mention the immediate fate of the 150 workers at the Ballybay plant.