C&D Foods has said a series of threats have been made against the management of its Edgeworthstown plant.

The Co Longford based pet food company is currently at the centre of controversy as an injunction against two Longford farmers, who had taken part in protests at its plant during the beef protests, remains in place.

This is despite the dispute being resolved and a commitment being given to lift all injunctions.

Sources at the company have confirmed to RTÉ News that it has reported the threats to gardaí.

The two men, who are the subject of the injunctions granted in September, were present at a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture on Monday.

RTÉ News understands that both men, Colm Leonard and Fine Gael Councillor Paraic Brady, have written to legal representatives for ABP Group seeking the withdrawal of the injunctions against them.

C&D Foods is part of the ABP Group, which is owned and controlled by Larry Goodman.

On Monday, a delegation from Meat Industry Ireland was blocked from entering the department where the first meeting of the Government's Beef Market Taskforce was due to take place.

The delegation was involved in scenes that the Taoiseach has described as "aggressive and violent".

Speaking at a conference organised by the Department of Agriculture today, Leo Varadkar criticised the behaviour of protesters at the Department of Agriculture, saying "aggression and violence is never justified" and "not the way to go".

During the melee outside the department, several protesters chanted "back to the gates", a clear threat to return blockades to factory gates.

In a statement tonight, C&D Foods said it was a pet food facility and does not process cattle.