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Suzanne Campbell: Scandal will rock confidence in Irish beef brand

Published 16/01/2013 | 17:00

NONE of us wants to bite into a beef burger that contains horse meat. But the DNA technology which has only recently become available to test food also lifts the lid on unpleasant truths in what we eat.

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has made good use of DNA testing – unearthing in 2010 that a quarter of fish were a different species to the ones described on the label, and in the case of smoked cod, 92pc were not cod at all. No one died as a result.

But if this investigation continues beyond the lab and finds improper foods going into Irish slaughter plants, then we do have something to worry about.

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