Tuesday 12 December 2017

Declan O'Brien: If claims stack up, 20 years of hard work could go down drain

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

Declan O'Brien Farming Editor

TWO giants of the Irish food industry were locked in a war of words last night, and at stake is the reputation of the Irish beef industry.

Larry Goodman-owned ABP has strongly refuted the claim made by convenience meal manufacturer Greencore that meat supplied from its Nenagh factory was the source of horse meat found in Bolognese sauce.

In a strongly worded statement, ABP said it had carried out a traceability check on the beef used in the consignment sent to Greencore – which involved identifying the actual animals slaughtered. As a consequence, the company said it was satisfied that it was not the source of positive equine results.

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