The weekend reports on Europol arrests in Spain and the breaking of a major scam in horsemeat processing brings back memories of the scandal that engulfed the Irish and the European meat industry at the beginning of 2013. Ultimately, it emerged that Ireland’s leading role in this was because it was the Food Safety Authority of Ireland that identified the issue of horsemeat being passed off as beef.

It was a pan-European problem that may not have been uncovered but for a targeted study by the FSAI that examined the authenticity of a number of beef burgers and meals, revealing they weren’t just beef, as it was supposed to be.