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Court verdict for meat trader who claims he was "hung out" during horsemeat scandal

McAdam Food Products is suing ABP foods for alleged defamation.

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THE HIGH COURT will decide today if a Monaghan meat trader was defamed by the ABP food group at the height of the horsemeat scandal.

Martin McAdam of McAdam Food Products is suing ABP for alleged defamation and loss of business over assertions made in a press release in February 2013.

McAdam says that they were “hung out” by ABP in an attempt to “deflect media attention away” from itself.

The information was released by the Larry Goodman-owned firm at the height of the crisis and said that McAdam was one of their meat suppliers.

McAdam Food Products argue that this caused “immense damage to the reputation and business of Martin McAdam” after it was widely carried in both Irish and international media.

The report did not mention McAdam supplying ABP with beef containing horse DNA.

ABP denies it defamed the Newbliss-based supplier.

Read: Meat trader takes legal action against ABP over horsemeat scandal >

Read: Who you gonna call? The Department of Agriculture Investigations Division >

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