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Burger King to stop sourcing beef products from Silvercrest Foods

Equine DNA had been found at the Ballybay, Co Monaghan plant earlier this month.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

BURGER KING HAS announced that it has stopped using beef products from Silvercrest Foods, the Monaghan-based company whose beef products were found to contain equine DNA.

The fast food giant said that the decision was taken as a precaution and that an alternative supplier would be found.

Food production was suspended at the plant last week after further tests, which had been carried out between 3-14 January, found equine DNA.

Silvercrest Foods, which is located in Ballybay, is part of the ABP Food Group.

Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson, Éamon Ó Cuív, said that the announcement was “very bad news for the company in question and will be a cause of concern for the entire beef processing industry.”

Ó Cuív went on to say that faster responses were needed in order to prevent further fallout:

I am calling on the Minister not to wait any longer and to come before an immediate sitting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee to spell out what he knows, what he doesn’t know and how long it is going to take him to get the answers that he’s missing.
The industry, its customers and Irish consumers need answers and they need them faster than they have been getting them so far.

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