County Tipperary plant closed over horsemeat export

A County Tipperary processing plant has been shut down after inspectors found it was exporting horse meat under a label in the Czech language that translated as beef.

B&F Meats, a deboning factory in Carrick-on-Suir, was selling a mislabelled product to a customer in the Czech Republic through a UK-based trader.

The Irish agriculture minister Simon Coveney said all operations at the plant had been suspended.

He said he was "seriously concerned" about the development and that police had been fully appraised and were working closely with his department.

Officers from the department of agriculture's special investigations unit carried out searches at the factory on Friday afternoon.