The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has welcomed Judge Gràinne Malone's ruling that Keelaghan Wholesale Meats Ltd, of 101-102 Ashbourne Industrial Estate, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, is guilty of six offences involving food safety legislation violations.
Keelaghan Wholesale Meats Ltd was found guilty of falsely declaring Irish origin for beef imported from Poland, Lithuania or Germany, application of false Irish slaughter and cutting plant codes used on packaging labels; and having an inadequate beef traceability plan. As a result, the company has incurred a fine of €16,000, with €10,000 as an agreed contribution to costs.
Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI commented, "Breaches of food law, which are in place to protect consumers' health and interests, will not be tolerated. Food businesses are obliged by law to ensure that the information they provide to their customers is accurate.
"Food businesses should ensure that they have robust traceability systems in place and that they carry out their own audits of their suppliers to check that they have the appropriate food safety systems in place and are complying with the law."
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