ICSA: Answers needed on why we need to import burger ingredients

17th January, 2013

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) president Gabriel Gilmartin has expressed further concern that the latest test results of samples from the Silvercrest plant, indicate the presence of equine DNA.

Mr Gilmartin said that it was significant that the only raw material sample, which tested positive, was from another member state.  “It now looks increasingly like the problem is linked to imported raw materials.  We need answers on why there is any need for imported ingredients in burgers when Ireland is the biggest exporter of beef in the Northern hemisphere.” 

Mr Gilmartin added that all meat processing plants should now ensure that they suspend the use of any imported material in meat products until this crisis is over.