European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned that the pollution problems created by fuel smuggling have the potential to cause international damage to Ireland's food industry.

Northern Ireland's Customs and Revenue officials and the PSNI recently discovered a fuel laundering plant close to a public water supply for Armagh and Monaghan.

The discovery included toxic sludge, created when marker is extracted during the fuel laundering process.  

Mr Hogan said that the problem of fuel laundering could have consequences for Ireland's food sector.