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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