News Irish News

Sunday 17 December 2017

Thousands switch to meat substitute following horsemeat scandal

Aishling Phelan

THOUSANDS of households have switched to meat substitute Quorn since the horsemeat scandal hit, with sales increasing by 20 per cent.

The scandal was revealed almost a year ago by the Department of Agriculture after it emerged that horsemeat was used in a wide range of meat-based products.

Households have since changed to the protein-based foods in the 12 months after the revelations.

One year ago tomorrow, the department shook the European meat industry after it announced that tests had detected horsemeat in burgers.

The results of the tests led to widespread outrage over standards in the food industry.

Quorn Foods, which makes meat-free burgers, sausages, mince and other various products said its sales in the last year had shot up by 13 per cent to £12 million.

In the final quarter of 2013, sales were up 20 per cent on the same period the year before.

Larry Goodman’s firm ABP was at the centre of the scandal after horsemeat was found in burgers it produced at its plant in Co. Monaghan.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland found 29 per cent horse DNA in the meat of a frozen burger at its Silvercrest Plant in Ballybay.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News