Tuesday August 4, 2020

No silver lining in horsemeat scandal

More damaging than the discovery of equine DNA in Silvercrest meat were revelations it had lied about where it was sourcing its beef, writes Pat O'Keeffe.

3rd February, 2013
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. Photo: Jason Clarke

On January 26, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, deliberately concluded his press conference with the positive line that "the intensive investigation is now winding down". His expectation and hope was that the story would move to Poland, the alleged source of the frozen beef trimmings.

Blunt statements last week from Silvercrest's customers brought the story right back to Ireland. It wasn't pleasant for Silvercrest, Larry Goodman's ABP Group or indeed the wider Irish food industry.


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