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EU considers the Horsemeat in the food chain…

Thu 28 February 2013, 10:01am

Tweet From 6.50 in, Tonio BORG, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy gives an account of what the EU has done and is doing on the horsemeat crisis… more »

USPCA: 90% of horses channelled through NI end up as meat..

Tue 26 February 2013, 11:41am

Tweet Valerie Cox just now interviewed a spokesman for the USPCA on Pat Kenny’s show on RTE… He talked an operation which horses were found to be being channelled from the Republic through Northern Ireland and into Scotland. With them horse passports and false microchips. The cheaters kit for passing off common or garden horse […] more »

Irish Agriculture Minister: “I am seriously concerned about this development…”

Fri 22 February 2013, 8:14pm

Tweet I haven’t been posting on every twist and turn  [Not "an isolated instance", then? - Ed] of the still unravelling story of the Europe-wide horse meat for beef scandal.  But this looks like it could be a significant development.  From the RTÉ report A processing plant in Co Tipperary has been shut down after inspectors found it […] more »

#Horsemeat? What crisis? Ah, that crisis? (Don’t mention the election) It was the FSA wot done it.

Mon 18 February 2013, 12:21pm

Tweet Okay, so there’s a Westminster by election in your Mid Ulster constitutuency. There’s also a crisis in Northern Irish Agriculture that you said you had no reason to believe existed just two weeks ago. And you’re the Agriculture Minister. Damnit! So you call a cross department presser in the middle of your constituency in […] more »

Is there an unregulated trade in horsemeat in Northern Ireland?

Mon 11 February 2013, 10:36pm

Tweet Now, here’s a thing. Mary Creagh has set some ferocious cats amongst the local pigeons [You do mean harses don't ya? - Ed]. She alone of politicians with any local interest, has been listening to the concerns of the USPCA: “The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have clear evidence of an illegal trade […] more »

Irish Agriculture Minister: “Somebody is selling rogue product and somebody knows about it and is responsible.”

Tue 5 February 2013, 9:07pm

Tweet Still early days in the investigation into the discovery of more beef horse meat at a number of meat processing plants – and note Mick’s update here.  However, the cause of the trace amounts of pork DNA and equine DNA in some ‘beef’ products is still likely to be different. But there are a few quotes […] more »

Simon Coveney breaks the news of horse meat found in Newry plant…

Tue 5 February 2013, 9:38am

Tweet Last night, Simon Coveney was on Prime Time (4 minutes in) with Miriam O’Callaghan. Coveney is Agriculture Minister for the Republic but he is also chair of all the agriculture ministers across Europe just now by dint of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union. He’s clearly in a very hot seat just now, and […] more »

“The causes of these two problems are therefore likely to be different…”

Thu 17 January 2013, 8:41pm

Tweet The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is conducting further tests at two Irish meat processing factories following the recent identification of pig and horse DNA in a range of beef-based products.  The UK’s Food Standards Agency is also investigating further.  And there’s been a statement from the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill. Commenting on […] more »

“In Ireland, it is not in our culture to eat horsemeat and therefore, we do not expect to find it in a burger…”

Tue 15 January 2013, 8:51pm

Tweet So, what did you have for dinner…  The BBC reports the headline findings of the snapshot survey by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland of some beef-based products on sale in Ireland.  From the BBC report Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic […] more »

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