Freeza Meats was storing contaminated meat 'in goodwill'

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:

In August 2012 we were approached by the meat trader McAdam Foods Services in Co. Monaghan (Republic of Ireland) to purchase a parcel of raw material, which we declined. Martin McAdam subsequently asked us to hold his product in storage which we did in goodwill in a separated area of the storage facility.

This raw material was not purchased by Freeza Meats and never reached the food chain through this company.

All tests that have been carried out routinely on our own finished products i.e. (burgers) have been negative. There have been no traces of equine DNA in any samples taken from Freeza Meats products.

At all times we have worked in conjunction with the Environmental Health Office who have been fully aware of the background to this McAdam product from the outset. We have also sought the authority of the Environmental Health Officer to remove / dispose of this product from our premises.

– Freeza Meats statement

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