Connolly's Red Mills sues over 'morphine contaminated' horse feed
A grain supplier who allegedly provided an ingredient contaminated with elements of morphine, which it is claimed was used to make feed for racehorses, can make an important change to its defence of a legal action being brought against it, the High Court has ruled.
Torc Grain and Feed Ltd, a Dublin-based importer of bulk cereals and materials used in the manufacture of animal feed, is being sued by William Connolly and Sons, trading as Connolly's Red Mills, Gorsebridge, Co Kilkenny.
Connolly's produce, supply and distribute food stuffs for the horse industry.
Connolly's claim some 29,000t of ground nut provided to them by Torc in 2002 contained significant quantities of morphine.
Connolly's used the nut for the production of horse feed, which it then sold to the industry.
They claim that, subsequently, a number of racehorses tested positive for the banned morphine substance during November and December 2002.
It says horses were disqualified and prize money lost. The product was later recalled.
Connolly's is claiming breach of contract and severe loss against Torc.