ABP 'victims' in scandal of horsemeat
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has said he accepts Larry Goodman and his firm's explanation of its involvement in the horsemeat scandal.
When asked why there had not been any prosecutions after the discovery of horsemeat in burgers produced at the Silvercrest factory in Monaghan – then owned by Mr Goodman's ABP company – Mr Coveney said it had not been prosecuted as there was "no evidence" to suggest anything was done wrong deliberately.
"I think they were victims of poor management at Silvercrest, but also an imported problem by and large," he said.
The minister hit out at ABP in the Dail in March this year, criticising the group for failing to maintain proper oversight of its Silvercrest plant.
ABP had said it was "bitterly disappointed" with his remarks, and was "a victim of the wide-scale European equine fraud".