ABP Food Group facing High Court law suit

abpLouth-based ABP Food Group is being sued for alleged defamation by Martin McAdam of McAdam Food Products Ltd.

The company, which is owned by local millionaire Larry Goodman, has its headquarters in Ardee and is a former sponsor of the Louth GAA team.

In the High Court proceedings, Monaghan meat trader McAdam has claimed that ABP deliberately made “false and malicious allegations” about him and his business to deflect media attention at the height of the horse meat controversy last year.

Mr McAdam said he did not supply the Ballybay-based Silvercrest plant – which was found to have 29% horse DNA in the meat of a frozen burger – with meat that tested positive for horse DNA.

Commenting to the media in recent days, Mr McAdam said he wanted to bring the legal action against ABP “as soon as the courts allow, so therefore I hope it could be spring or early summer when the case can be heard.

ABP Food chief executive Paul Finnerty said the company would “vigorously” defend that action and told The Irish Times that ABP had not been sued by any other firm in connection with the horse meat incident.

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