Fraud squad called as Taoiseach pledges to 'sort out' horse meat scandal
on 05/02/2013 11:23:11
As the scandal spread to more processors, the fraud squad has been called in to help agriculture authorities track down the source of the mislabelled meat.
"This is a matter of reputation, obviously we cannot afford to have that," Mr Kenny said.
"It is a matter that needs to be sorted out and it will be sorted out."
Rangeland Foods in Co Monaghan was one of the latest plants shut down after a sample at the factory tested positive with a reading of 75% horse DNA in raw ingredient, authorities said.
It supplies burgers to one of Ireland's most popular fast food chains, Supermacs, but the restaurant's chief executive Pat McDonagh has insisted he is sure all his burgers are 100% Irish.
The highest level of horse has been found in a quantity of frozen meat being stored in the North.
Freeza Meats in Newry had meat which was 80% horse, which the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) said was potentially linked to the Silvercrest factory in the Republic of Ireland, one of the first processors to be named in the scandal.
The meat has not entered the food chain.
The same meat trader in Ireland has supplied meat to Freeza, Silvercrest and Rangeland, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said.
The source has been blamed on a meat supplier in Poland.
Professor Alan Reilly, whose research at the FSAI first exposed the contamination of processed beef burgers in Irish-made products, is due to brief a parliamentary committee on the controversy this afternoon.
"The net is tightening for sure but the investigations have some way to go," Prof Reilly said.
"We are no longer talking about trace amounts... We are talking about horse meat. Somebody, some place is drip-feeding horsemeat into the burger manufacturing industry. We don't know exactly where this is happening."
All checks by Irish and UK authorities have shown the contaminated or mislabelled meat has come from Poland, either directly, or through traders in the UK or one trader in Ireland.
However, Mr Kenny said he was expecting a briefing at Cabinet today and also suggested that allegations an Irish supplier was involved in using contaminated meat would be examined.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney will also brief a parliamentary committee on the horse meat controversy this afternoon after the positive tests at Rangeland.