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# Horse Meat

Last year
2022
# Horse Meat
Nearly 3,000 thoroughbred horses slaughtered for meat in Ireland since 2020
Some 305 such horses have been slaughtered to date this year.
All time
# Horse Meat
Over 6,500 horses were slaughtered in Ireland for human consumption last year
Almost 500 were slaughtered in the first two months of this year.
# beef prices
Irish farmers' anger at 'decimation' of income
A meeting in Navan organised by the Irish Farmers Association saw tempers flare over beef pricing.
# what's your beef?
Coveney wants more 'communication' between farmers and beef factories
He said that it is critically important to restore confidence and build trust between suppliers and processors.
# Ugh
Live insects, glass... and a human tooth in a takeaway --- a busy year for the food safety hotline
There was a surge of complaints to the FSAI’s helpline last year. Surprisingly, only 33 related to the horse meat scandal.
# Reputation
Bangladesh tragedy and horsemeat scandal put ethics on consumer radar
About seven in ten Irish adults consider a company’s reputation before buying its products or services, according to a new survey.
# Horse Meat
People buying fewer frozen burgers after horse meat scandal
The Food Safety Authority said that people are spending more time reading labels after the scandal.
Voices
Column: Hunger and the horsemeat scandal, both the consequences of inequality
We produce enough food for 10 times our population, but the horsemeat scandal shows just how inequality has forced people to low-price, low-quality food, writes Richard Manton.
# horse burgers
ABP sells Silvercrest plant mired in horsemeat controversy
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the announcement was good for the Irish food industry.
# Horsemeat
Ikea may still sell horsemeat tainted meatballs
The meatballs would only be sold or given away in Sweden, however. The company has said that Ikea stores in other countries would have to follow local rules and regulations.
# Horsemeat
Irish firm among hundreds hit by new horsemeat scandal in the Netherlands
Earlier the Netherlands’ food safety agency said that a Dutch supplier may have distributed as much as 50,000 tonnes of contaminated beef to companies across Europe.
# Horsemeat
Horsemeat scandal: Dept refuses to release over 200 pages of emails with FSAI
The Department of Agriculture refused to release over a hundred pages of emails between it and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland following a Freedom of Information request.
# Horsemeat
Tesco withdraws own-brand meatloaf after finding 5% horsemeat
The meatloaf was manufactured at Eurostock in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.
# rein it in
Well, that didn't take long...
Your horse burger costume is here.
# Horse Meat
Birds Eye says products containing horse DNA came from Ireland
The company says it has carried out an investigation into all its beef products after some had to be withdrawn in February after horse DNA tests proved positive.
# Horsemeat
FSAI says 29 out of 634 beef products tested positive for horsemeat
The products have all previously been identified and removed from the marketplace.
# Meat (ish)
Icelandic tests reveal beef pie has... no meat content whatsoever
“It was labelled as beef pie, so it should be beef pie,” says a baffled inspector.
# Horsemeat
Tesco say their products are free from horsemeat
The supermarket giant say they will continue to carry out food tests “to ensure this issue never happens again”.
# 50 First Days
7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency
It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
# Horsemeat
Horsemeat: Focus on Naas company over imported Polish meat
Minister Simon Coveney said that his department intends to introduce DNA testing from now on as a part of routine food testing in Ireland.
# Horse Meat
Services company says Rangeland products tested positive for horse DNA
Rangeland says all products are now being DNA tested before release, after Compass Group says it found horse DNA samples in its products despite Rangeland’s assurances.
# Horse Meat
Horse DNA found in products supplied by firm run by minister's brother
Greencore – run by Simon Coveney’s brother Patrick – says its beef was sourced from an ABP plant in Nenagh.
# Horsemeat
Coveney: 'I suspect this isn't just one rogue trader, it's broader than that'
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney described the complex supply chain that led to one case of horsemeat ending up in frozen beef products in an interview this morning.
# Horse Meat
Brussels calls for mandatory beef DNA tests across the EU
Tonio Borg wants 2,500 tests on beef products, and 1,500 on horsemeat products, to ascertain the extent of the labelling problem.
# Horsemeat
EU agriculture ministers to discuss horsemeat controversy in Brussels today
Agriculture Minister, including Simon Coveney, meet today as officials in the UK last night raided two firms alleged to be connected to the mislabelling of meat products.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Promissory notes, eco-cars and horse meat
Simon Coveney will take ministerial questions in the Dáil today as the horse meat controversy rages on.
# Horse Meat
As many as 16 countries could be hit by horse meat scandal
Attention is now turning to the complex nature of supply chains in the food industry in Europe as a Romanian abattoir is identified as one possible source of the contamination of frozen beef products.
# Horsemeat
Senior British MP calls for EU meat ban
The head of the British parliament’s food affairs scrutiny panel has called for a ban on importing meat from EU countries until the horsemeat scandal is resolved.
# Horsemeat
France investigating 'criminal fraud' in horsemeat scandal
France’s Ministry of Agriculture is launching an investigation into the ongoing horsemeat scandal, which it says they consider a matter of “criminal fraud”.
# Aldi
Aldi frozen bolognaise, lasagne dishes 'at least 30pc horse' - tests
The Food Safety Authority says tests on Aldi’s products are positive – and says not to eat them if you’ve got them.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added musical history
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Horse Meat
French watchdog trying to find 'origin of horsemeat fraud'
The DGCCRF says the Findus lasagnes, though processed in Luxembourg, got their ‘beef’ from a French supplier.
Voices
Column: The Irish beef business model is broken and needs to change
In the wake of yet more details about beef products contaminated with horse meat, Patrick Burke asks why Ireland’s beef industry – valued at €1.9bn exports in 2012 – has been importing raw food ingredients from Poland in the first place.
# Horse Meat
Findus 'horse meat' lasagne on sale in Ireland
The product, which was found to contain up to 100 per cent horse meat in the UK, was withdrawn from Tesco shelves on Wednesday but the FSAI was not informed.
# Horse Meat
Don't eat Findus frozen beef lasagne, advises FSAI
Meanwhile, meat broker Martin McAdam said he was still “reeling” from the news that traces of horse were found in products he traded.
# Horse Meat
Rangeland Food recommences production, says it was "victim of fraud"
The plant in Monaghan had halted production after tests into a consignment of Polish beef found positive traces of horse DNA.
# Burger
McAdam Foods "shocked" to discover equine content was in its meat products
The company also said it supplied 60 tonnes of beef to Silvercrest foods, contrary to reports that it had supplied 170 tonnes.