Tesco has ended its contract with Monaghan company Silvercrest Foods
The retail giant said it will no longer use Silvercrest Foods after the companys products have tested positive for horse DNA.
It is believed the contract is worth about €15 million to local company.
Tesco’s Technical Director Tim Smith made a statement this morning explaining “the breach of trust is simply too great”.
Tim Smith also said:
“We now understand – with as much certainty as possible – what happened. The evidence tells us that our frozen burger supplier, Silvercrest, used meat in our products that did not come from the list of approved suppliers we gave them. Nor was the meat from the UK or Ireland, despite our instruction that only beef from the UK and Ireland should be used in our frozen beef burgers. Consequently we have decided not to take products from that supplier in future.”
It was confirmed at the weekend that the contamination originated from a third-party supplier from Poland.