Irish Food Safety Authority testing highlights concerns about the identity and declaration of meat

The recent testing by the Irish Food Safety Authority which identified horse meat in burgers and pig meat in processed beef dishes highlights increasing concerns about the identity and declaration of meat.

The problem for retailers,manufacturers and processors is devising proportionate and reasonable systems for testing the identity of the meat with which they are being supplied. There are many uncertainties relating to methodology of testing as well as concerns about costs.

The results of the Irish testing will put pressure on the industry and regulators to take action. However quick fixes should be resisted until proper thought-out systems are agreed.

We are working with retailers and manufacturers to help agree robust due diligence systems which reflect current technology. If you would like to discuss the issue further please contact Hilary Ross or Dominic Watkins.

Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.