NEW PROCEDURES IN PLACE AT BALLYBAY MEAT PLANT AS SOURCE OF EQUINE DNA CONTAMINATION IDENTIFIED

1 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The ABP Food Group has put a new management team in place at its Silvercrest facility in Ballybay, Group Chief Executive Paul Finnerty confirmed this week.
ABP announced a number of other new management and safety procedures following the confirmation by joint Dept of Agriculture and Food Safety Authority testing that the source of equine DNA introduced into burgers manufactured at Silvercrest came from an ingredient supplied from Poland.
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said that tests on samples taken from Irish food ingredients were negative, and he was pleased that the integrity of Irish food production was maintained.
The company has also given a commitment to source all its raw material from Ireland and the UK.
In a statement welcoming the investigation findings, the ABP Food Group said the results confirmed their initial view that the contamination originated from third party continental supply. “Throughout this incident the company has worked closely with all the authorities involved and our customers,” ABP added.
Chief Executive Paul Finnerty said that this had been a very difficult experience for all involved, and had led to a significant interruption in business for Silvercrest and its customers.
“We are relieved that the source of the problem has been identified,” he stated.
“While the company has never knowingly purchased …

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