Pigmeat DNA tests under microscope after 'flaw' claims
A Kildare-based pig processor has claimed that there is a major flaw in the DNA test being used to identify pigmeat imports and that it has cost him tens of thousands of euro in lost business.
McConnon's Meats, a pig processor operated by owners Kevin and Yvonne McConnon and employing 12 staff, was delisted from Pettitt's Super Valu stores three weeks ago when a DNA test found that one of their pork products contained DNA not registered within the Irish database.
McConnon's were supplying €150,000 of pork products to Pettitts annually, but they have yet to receive an order for product since the test was carried out.
In addition, husband and wife team Kevin and Yvonne McConnon have seen weekly sales slump by over €10,000 since the test results became known.
Documentation provided by McConnon's to Musgraves showed that the pigs that were used to produce the cuts were in fact Irish pigs supplied by Kildare farmer Roy Gallie.
Mr Gallie, who produces high genetic merit F1 gilts from his 180-sow herd at Garrisker in north Kildare, admitted that the positive DNA test was likely to be the result of unregistered semen that he uses on his sows.
"It could also have been a teaser boar but the chances of this are pretty remote because they are used probably on one sow a month at most," he said.