Meat processing plant suspends all production after horse meat found in burgers (From The Northern Echo)
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Meat processing plant suspends all production after horse meat found in burgers
A MAJOR food factory has suspended all production after horse DNA was found in frozen burgers in new tests just two days ago.
The ABP Food Group, one of Europe's biggest suppliers and processors, revealed it has stopped work at its Silvercrest Foods plant in Co Monaghan, Ireland, until further notice.
The firm said that, following new results from the Irish Department of Agriculture, it believes the source of the contaminated material is one supplier.
It said: "However, because equine DNA has been found in finished products tested this week, we have decided that the responsible course of action is to suspend all production at the Silvercrest plant in County Monaghan with immediate effect."
Ten million burgers suspected of containing some levels of horse meat were cleared from several supermarkets freezers across Ireland and the UK this week and are expected to be destroyed.
Burgers from a processing plant at Leeming Bar, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, the Dalepak Hambleton facility, were also found to contain horse DNA in a study by the Irish Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
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