A processing plant in Ireland has been shut down after inspectors found it was exporting horse meat under a label in the Czech language which translated as beef.
B&F Meats, a small-scale deboning factory in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, was selling mislabelled product to a customer in the Czech Republic through a trader based in the UK.
– Simon Coveney, Agriculture Minister
I am seriously concerned about this development and the gardai have been fully appraised of this development and are working closely with my department. The issue here is one of mislabelling and that will be the focus of the investigation.
Officers from the Department of Agriculture's special investigations unit have been carrying out searches at the factory this afternoon.The department said B&F Meats had been approved to debone beef and horse meat.Mr Coveney described the factory as a "small scale" operation.