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Where's the Beef? Ireland Hit By Horse Meat Scandal

Food-safety authorities are continuing to look into how horse meat entered Ireland's production chain

Food-safety authorities are continuing to look into how horse meat entered Ireland's production chain Photograph by Andrew Hetherington/Redux

On Monday, Ireland’s Agriculture Department announced that DNA testing had revealed that Polish meat labeled as beef and sold to Rangeland Foods, a frozen-burger producer in Ireland, contained up to 75 percent horse meat.

On Tuesday, a second frozen-meat supplier, Freeza Meats in Northern Ireland, announced that 80 percent horse meat had been detected in a batch of quarantined Polish “beef” that the company never used because its packaging and labeling seemed questionable. These are just the latest developments in a bizarre, month-long investigation by Agriculture Department and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) into the mysterious flow of horse meat in Ireland’s beef supply, which is one of Ireland’s top agricultural exports, bringing in about $2.5 billion a year.