Saturday 27 May 2017

Criminal probes into horse meat scandal launched across Europe

A random check in Ireland appears to have exposed an international debacle

Simon Coveney
Simon Coveney
Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

LARRY Goodman's beef empire is potentially facing multi-million euro lawsuits from Tesco and Burger King in the wake of the horse meat in burgers controversy as the battle to save the Silvercrest plant and 112 jobs in Ballybay, Co Monaghan, continues.

The possible litigation will centre on alleged breach of contract over guarantees it gave the two multinationals that all its burger ingredients were Irish or British.

Last week, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, still incensed over the reputational damage caused to the Irish food industry by the scandal, told the All-Party Committee on Agriculture: "I suspect legal cases and litigation over compensation will be pursued at the end of this process."

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