Sunday 26 March 2017

Thorough testing of beef is step in right direction

ANOTHER week draws to a close – another week of bad news for Ireland's food processing sector and especially the €2bn beef industry.

Few people beyond those directly concerned will have noticed that yesterday marked the passing of a full calendar month since this controversy began. On the evening of January 15 last the Food Safety Authority of Ireland dropped the bombshell news that traces of pig and horse DNA had been found in Irish beef burgers.

The issue has reverberated across Europe and beyond since then. By now up to 16 countries are thought to be involved.

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