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O’Neill concerned by FSAI findings

16 January, 2013 - by Michelle O'Neill

Commenting on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland findings of horse DNA which been found in a range of meat products, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill said:

“I support the efforts of the FSAI and the FSA to identify how equine DNA product has been incorporated in these products. However, I have no reason to believe that this is other than an isolated instance or that there are issues with beef processing in the north. I understand associated product has been withdrawn from supermarket shelves in the north.”

The Minister added: “We have an excellent beef processing industry, which meets the highest standards of hygiene, traceability and quality. It is founded on the long tradition in the north of grass fed beef from identified family owned farms.

“Our beef is second to none and consumers should have every confidence in the supply chain here. Much of our beef carried the Farm Quality Assured label giving further confidence. I would encourage local consumers to continue to support our industry and continue to buy and consume local produce.”

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