Dundalk as it Happens
New report shows rotting meat was used to make burgers at Larry Goodman’s factory
A new report into last year’s horse meat scandal has found that rotting meat was used to produce frozen burgers at a factory formerly owned by local millionaire Larry Goodman.
The Polish study into the debacle found that the Silvercrest factory in Ballybay, Co Monaghan produced burgers “not fit for human consumption.”
The country’s chief veterinary officer, Inspector Katarzyna Piskorz, said: “It was part of a bigger consignment but I was told the rest of it had already been used.
“I asked why the factory managers had not noticed the state of it, but was told they had not seen any problem.”
The report says eight pallets of meat were examined in early 2013 and they say they found old meat that was green and rotting or brown.
The company, which provides food to Tesco and Aldi, said the meat was discoloured because it had been in a fridge under quarantine for three weeks.
It said the meat had gone off while being moved and unpacked for testing.
But the Polish inspector denied this and said there was an unrealistic explanation.
Ms Piskorz said: “In my opinion, the green and brown meat mixed with red meat could not be the result of three weeks in the lorry. It is impossible.
The Polish inspection team said they were also told of further fears that unfit food had entered the human food chain.
The government here confirmed Polish officials had told it about the report last December.
The scandal was revealed a year ago by the Department of Agriculture after it emerged that horsemeat was used in a wide range of meat-based products.
The department shook the European meat industry after it announced that tests had detected horsemeat in burgers.
Larry Goodman’s firm ABP, who ran Silvercrest, was at the centre of the scandal after horsemeat was found at its plant. ABP are based in Ardee.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland found 29% horse DNA in the meat of a frozen burger at its Silvercrest Plant in Ballybay – which it has since sold to Kepak.