A meat processing company, Freeza Meats Ltd, based in Newry, Co Down, has been fined £42,500 and told to pay over £70,000 in costs after pleading guilty in Newry Magistrates Court to a total of 12 offences related to food fraud.

The case was brought by Newry and Mourne District Council, supported by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), and is the first investigation of its kind taken by a local authority either here or in Britain.