Donegal ICSA furious at horse meat being found in beef burgers

A senior Government Minister has admitted there may be a short term impact on Irish exports following the discovery of traces of horsemeat in burgers on sale in supermarkets here.

However, the Environment Minister Phil Hogan says the discovery proves that the system of checks in the Irish food industry is working well.

Horse DNA was found in burgers on sale in Tesco, Dunnes, Aldi, Lidl, and Iceland.

Minister Hogan says an investigation by the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney will get to the bottom of it and make the current system even more robust - but he admits there will be a knock on effect in the short term.

John Barron is the Rural Development Chairman with the ICSA and a member of the Donegal County Executive - he says farmers are angry that their quality product has been tarnished by processors: