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ABP takes legal action against Polish food supplier over horsemeat scandal

The meat processing company says the Polish food supplier was in breach of contract.

MEAT PROCESSING COMPANY ABP has today commenced High Court proceedings against its Polish food supplier.

In a statement from the company they said they were taking the court action for breach of contract by the supplier, “relating to their supply of beef containing equine DNA to Silvercrest Foods”.


In January of this year, ABP apologised to their customers , stating they had “let them down” after the discovery of horse in some beef burgers.

Tests carried out at the time confirmed that the contamination in the beef burgers came from an additive sourced in Poland.

In April, ABP announced that they had sold its Silvercrest Foods plant in Monaghan which was embroiled in the horsemeat controversy, stating they had decided to to exit the frozen burger business in Ireland.

Court action

McAdam Food Products who were at the centre of the horsemeat scandal earlier this year, said in August that it was taking legal action against ABP for defamation.

ABP also announced today that it has agreed to accept a financial settlement from Norwest Foods for Norwest supplying Silvercrest with beef containing equine DNA.

In a statement Norwest Foods confirmed that it “has agreed a settlement with ABP relating to the supply by Norwest to ABP of certain beef products found to contain equine DNA. It continues:

Norwest acknowledges that it may have unknowingly and unwittingly supplied contaminated beef products contrary to the terms of Norwest’s contract with ABP. Norwest wishes to apologise to ABP for any inconvenience or concerns caused by this supply.

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

Read: ABP: “We have let our customers down and we apologise”>

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