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Ferris calls on Minister to respond to British Minister’s claims on burger contamination

17 January, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to respond to a statement in the House of Commons today by British Food Minister David Heath.

Heath said that he believed that while the horsemeat may have originated in a third country, and that the contamination was “probably an example of criminality”, that it would possibly lead to criminal prosecutions in either Britain or Ireland.

Deputy Ferris said;

“Heath’s statement adds a new dimension to this whole business. Is the implication of what he says that the horsemeat was both criminally and knowingly imported with the knowledge of Irish or British based processors?

“It is important that the Minister comment on this given the cloud that currently hangs over the Irish beef processing industry. All information pertaining to the case must be made public.”

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