OPERATIONS have been suspended at an Irish meat plant found to be exporting horsemeat labelled as beef to a Czech customer.
The Department of Agriculture revealed this afternoon that operations have been halted at B&F Meats in Carrick on Suir in Co Tipperary.
"It has been discovered that B&F Meats, a small scale plant approved to debone beef and horsemeat was despatching some horsemeat to a single customer in the Czech Republic via a UK based trader using a label in the Czech language which, when translated, refers to beef," it said.
The department said it had suspended all operations at the plant with immediate effect and officers of their Special Investigations Unit had entered the plant this afternoon.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: "I am seriously concerned about this development and the gardai have been fully appraised of this development and are working closely with my Department.
"The issue here is one of mislabelling and that will be the focus of the investigation," he said. B&F is a small scale plant approved to debone beef and horsemeat.
The department said it was working with the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and liasing with Europol in its investigations into the horsemeat scandal.