DUBLIN Feb 4 Burgers containing horse DNA have
been discovered at a second plant in Ireland, the country's
agriculture department said on Monday, again pointing the finger
at Poland as the country of origin for the raw materials.
Major food companies like Tesco and Burger King
last month found that beef products supplied by an Irish
firm contained horse DNA, a scandal that has hit retailers with
a wave of bad publicity and left Ireland's 2 billion euro ($2.7
billion) beef industry reeling.
Results of tests on a Polish meat ingredient at Ireland's
Rangeland Foods, a supplier of frozen burgers to restaurants,
caterers and pubs including local fast food chain Supermac's,
contained 75 percent horse DNA, the agriculture department in a
It said Rangeland has suspended production pending the
outcome of an investigation and that the company has indicated
that none of the products, which were imported through a meat
trader based in Ireland, had entered the food chain.
Rangeland, based in the northern county of Monaghan, exports
burgers to Britain, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Greece and Cyprus.
The minister of agriculture has also asked the police to
join in the investigation, the department added.
The first supplier to be implicated, Silvercrest - a
subsidiary of Europe's largest beef exporter ABP Foods - has
lost its contract to supply both Tesco and Burger King with
Burger King, one of the most popular fast-food chains in
Britain and Ireland, said last week that its affected burgers
never reached any eateries. Tesco withdrew a number of products
from its shelves, including one sample where horse meat
accounted for about 29 percent of content.
Smaller retail chains Aldi, Lidl and
Iceland have also sold beef products found to contain
Poland's veterinary authority found no signs of horse meat
in samples from five slaughterhouses that were sending beef to
Ireland and is awaiting results from the sixth, state news
agency PAP reported on Friday.
Food safety experts say horse DNA poses no added health
risks to consumers, but the discovery has raised concerns about
the food supply chain and the ability to trace meat ingredients.