Food Service are alleged to have supplied the Silvercrest facility with product labelled as beef which then turned out to contain horse DNA. This is the first time an Irish meat company has issued legal proceedings against a foreign meat supplier.

Paul Finnerty CEO of ABP said the company never ‘knowingly’ provided its customers with beef containing horse DNA. “ABP has always insisted that it never knowingly provided beef that contained equine DNA to any of its customers. This was confirmed in the findings of the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine’s report of March 2013,” he said. Finnerty confirmed the company has put procedures in place to ensure a repeat cannot take place. “ABP’s initial focus was to implement systems to ensure this cannot re-occur and establish the source of certain contaminated product. We have done that now and our current focus is on seeking redress against certain suppliers,” he added.