Opinion Analysis

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Suzanne Campbell: Scandal will rock confidence in Irish beef brand

NONE of us wants to bite into a beef burger that contains horse meat. But the DNA technology which has only recently become available to test food also lifts the lid on unpleasant truths in what we eat.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has made good use of DNA testing – unearthing in 2010 that a quarter of fish were a different species to the ones described on the label, and in the case of smoked cod, 92pc were not cod at all. No one died as a result.

But if this investigation continues beyond the lab and finds improper foods going into Irish slaughter plants, then we do have something to worry about.

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