Carrick meat plant is back in business

B&F Meats, the Carrick on Suir based meat processing company which was dramatically shut down for labelling horse meat as beef, has been cleared to resume production.

B&F Meats, the Carrick on Suir based meat processing company which was dramatically shut down for labelling horse meat as beef, has been cleared to resume production.

The facility, located in the Mill River Business Park was back at work at the end of last week.

The business was accused by the Department of Agriculture of mislabelling horsemeat which was send to the Czech market as beef, but on reopening released a statement saying they “had not at any stage misrepresented the nature of its products”.

In a statement released by solicitors, B&F Meats director, Ted Farrell, said: “From the start of the investigation the company was satisfied that its records would clearly show that it had not at any stage misrepresented the nature of its products and that it had at all times acted in accordance with the terms of its contract with its UK-based client and its own documented operational procedures.”

However, in a separate statement the Minister for Agriculture said legal action was still being considered.

The department said the minister is unhappy at the false labelling that had taken place.

“B&F Meats have now complied with all the requirements of the Compliance Notice served on the company and the department is not in a position to prevent the company resuming business.

“The company will however from now on be subject to more stringent official controls having regard to the recent incident. The question of taking of legal proceedings is now under active consideration by the gardaí and the department.”