Polish firm hits back at ABP horsemeat claims

The Polish company facing court action by ABP over the alleged supply of contaminated beef has hit back at the allegations and vowed to clear its name.

ABP announced yesterday that it was taking legal action against Poland-based Food Service, claiming it had supplied its Irish operation, Silvercrest Foods, with beef products containing horse DNA.

However, Food Service has now hit back at the company, denying the claims. In a statement to MTJ’s sister publication, the Grocer, the Polish company’s co-founder Marek Czerniej said the company did not process “equine meat/by products in any form whatsoever in any of our premises”.

He told the magazine: “Once our innocence has been established beyond all reasonable doubt, we will seek punitive damages to our good name, reputation and consequential losses.”