EARLIER this week he Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development received an emergency briefing from DARD following the announcement that horsemeat labelled as beef was discovered in a Northern Ireland cold store.
Committee Chairperson, Paul Frew MLA described the incident as ‘worrying’.
“However, the briefing from DARD officials today provided assurances to the Committee that there is no danger to public health in relation to beef produced in Northern Ireland,” he added.
“The committee is extremely proud of the Northern Ireland beef industry, as it has one of the highest standards in the world in relation to the traceability of meat. The consumer can be confident that when he/she buys beef produced in Northern Ireland, the product is of the highest standard.”
Deputy Chairperson, Joe Byrne MLA said: “The committee understandably has genuine concerns with the recent revelations about horsemeat labelled as beef being found in a cold store in this region. The briefing from DARD today was extremely helpful in providing reassuring information about the issue. We hope that the full story is made available as soon as possible.
“We are glad to hear today that, beef produced in Northern Ireland is a quality product, in which the consumer can have confidence.”