Murphy calls for ASDA clarity over meat issue to safeguard jobs

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Following a meeting with Freeza Meats management, Conor Murphy, MP for Newry & Armagh, has today called for ASDA to confirm when they will be reengaging with the local processor.

Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said, “As ASDA has confirmed in their public statement, their own DNA tests independently verified that there was no equine DNA in their burgers.

“This was confirmed by the local environmental health office and I met today with the management of Freeza Meats to discuss the best way forward.

“During this meeting I was made aware that further tests from Newry & Mourne Environmental Health returned today have confirmed all samples taken from Freeza Meats are clear and that the quarantined product belonging to McAdams Foods has been removed.

Murphy added, “I am now asking the senior management of ASDA, what is required to remove its precautionary measure of suspending its Freeza Meats lines? There are almost 50 direct and a large number of indirect jobs at risk in my constituency over this issue even though this company has been vindicated.

“We need clarity as a matter of urgency. I will be in contact with both the Ministers for DARD and DETI, as a speedy response is needed to reassure consumers and to protect the wider industry.”

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