Food & Drink
Ingredient found at Monaghan meat processor contained 75 per cent horse meat
A meat processing plant in Co. Monaghan was found to have a beef burger ingredient that contained a whopping 75 per cent horse meat.
Thankfully, the raw material ingredient found at Rangeland Foods plant, Co. Monaghan, wasn’t used in the making of any burgers and the company stresses that the ingredient was only received in early January and that it hadn’t gone into production. Phew…
This follows the recent horse meat controversy that has cost Silvercrest Foods around €40m in contracts that included Tesco and Burger King.
But where exactly is this horse meat coming from? Irish investigators say that the meat in question is used as a gelling agent (basically, it helps the beef to stick together) and it has been traced back to Poland, however, according to RTE News, Polish authorities say that their tests have come back negative for horse meat. So it looks like someone could be telling (horse meat filled) porkies …
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has now asked the Gardaí to join the investigation into horse DNA being found in Irish beef products.