The Criminal Assets Bureau are involved in searches of premises in Roscommon and Leitrim as part of an investigation into the potential processing of horse meat for human consumption.
In total seven premises, from five counties, are being searched by members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation examining alleged contamination of horse meat for export.
It’s understood that officers are investigating the possibility that meat from horses, which should have not entered the food chain, may have been processed and exported to Europe.
The seven premises being searched include farms and commercial premises connected with the food industry.
Catriona Morrissey of the Farmers’ Journal, explains the correct process for horses when they are presented for slaughter: