Kilkenny business raided by gardai investigating export of horse meat
A KILKENNY premises has been raided by gardai this morning in a horse meat for export investigation.
Gardai from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation launched a dawn raid on seven premises around the country including one in county Kilkenny.
They are investigating if meat from horses that should not have reached the food chain, has been slaughtered and processed for human consumption.
In the nationwide investigation, planned searches were carried out at seven locations in Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Westmeath and here in Kilkenny.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland joined the raids alongside gardai from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The searches are part of an ongoing gardai investigation which is looking into the tampering of horse identification passports and microchips which are being presented for slaughter here in Ireland.