Meat processing plant in Tipperary closed after inspectors discover horse meat being exported as beef

Friday 22 February 2013 23.49
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B&F Meats Ltd shut down after inspectors find horse meat labelled as beef
B&F Meats Ltd shut down after inspectors find horse meat labelled as beef
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said all operations at the plant have been suspended
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said all operations at the plant have been suspended

A processing plant in Co Tipperary 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 was selling a mislabelled product to a customer in the Czech Republic through a trader based in the UK.

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said that all operations at the plant have been suspended.

He said: "I am seriously concerned about this development and the gardaí have been fully appraised of this development and are working closely with my department."

Minister Coveney said: "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.