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The Horsemeat scandal widened today with traces found in a consignment in Northern Ireland.
High levels were also discovered in more contaminated meat south of the border, leading to more products being taken from the shelves of UK supermarkets.
Irish authorities have widened their investigation to examine the role of Irish meat traders.
McAdam Foods, a meat trader based in Co Monaghan, confirmed a team of special investigators from the Department of Agriculture had been inspecting its premises and its deals with Polish suppliers.
Newry and Mourne Council's environmental health department said that DNA tests on samples of burgers made at Freeza Meats were found to be free from non-beef DNA.
A statement from the council said that twelve samples of Polish meat belonging to another company were being stored in freezers on the company's premises, but that they had been detained due to "queries" about traceability:
A spokesperson for Freeza Meats has said that the company was only storing meat for another company which was subsequently found to contain horse DNA:
Last night Rangeland Foods issued the following statement:
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the government was committed to resolving the horsemeat crisis as the scandal spread to more processors. The Republic's fraud squad has been called in to help agriculture authorities track down the source of the mislabelled meat. He said:
"This is a matter of reputation, obviously we cannot afford to have that. [...]It is a matter that needs to be sorted out and it will be sorted out."
His comments come as experts warned investigations will continue for some time. Professor Alan Reilly, whose research exposed the first case of contamination, said:
"We are no longer talking about trace amounts... We are talking about horse meat. Somebody, some place is drip-feeding horsemeat into the burger manufacturing industry. We don't know exactly where this is happening."
All checks by Irish and UK authorities have shown the contaminated or mislabelled meat has come from Poland, either directly, or through traders in the UK or one trader in Ireland.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a quantity of frozen meat being stored in Northern Ireland had been found to contain 80% horsemeat.
The FSA said the meat tested at Freeza Meats, in Newry, on the border with the Republic, was potentially linked to the Silvercrest factory, the site where the original contamination was discovered.
The meat has not entered the food chain. The FSA said:
Irish authorities are liaising with Polish officials over the source of the contamination.
Traces were found at Rangeland Foods in Co Monaghan, owned by ABP Food Group.
The Group has lost contracts with:
- Co-Operative Group
- Burger King
In a statement, the department said that ABP Food Group, who operate the plant, had indicated that none of the meat had entered the food chain.
Traces of horsemeat were found in processor Silvercrest, also managed by the ABP Group.
DNA was also discovered in food suppliers Liffey Meats and Dalepack Hambleton.
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Irish authorities are pointing to Poland as the source of the contamination, whilst the FSA is asking companies to test their products.