Dept of Agriculture: Focusing on 'the full supply chain'

The Department of Agriculture is investigating an Irish food processor, after traces of horsemeat were found at a plant in Co Monaghan.

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.

The investigation is focusing on the full supply chain including the meat trader concerned and others who facilitated the purchase of the product and its transfer to users in Ireland.

– Department of Agriculture

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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Horsemeat found in N Ireland

The Food Standards Agency tested meat being stored in a factory in Northern Ireland and found 80% horsemeat in two of the samples. The meat has not entered the food chain.