THE Kerry Group has said it is concerned about the potential damage to Irish food exports as a result of the horse-meat scandal.
McAdams Foods in Monaghan was identified as having imported raw materials for beef burgers that contained horse meat, while the ABP Silvercrest plant has lost around €50m in contracts since its burgers were found to contain horse meat.
A senior executive from Kerry Ingredients & Flavours EMEA – one of three divisions in the global Kerry group – said the horse-meat situation, which was potentially damaging, had to be resolved.
Its chief executive, Eoin O'Connell, said that the scandal had to be sorted out as quickly as possible.
"We had the initial news a few weeks back.
"What's concerning is that there was more news last week," Mr O'Connell said on KFM radio yesterday.
"It's dragging on at this stage ... The concern from my perspective is that there's going to be more on this. It has to be handled expeditiously because this has the potential to do damage to food in Ireland, and food is our biggest export."
The Kerry Group has not been implicated in any way by the scandal.