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November 26, 2008

IRELAND: Carbery sues suppliers over “defective” ingredient

Irish dairy group Carbery has launched legal action against Carbon Chemicals Group and DSM Food Specialties, who it accuses of supplying “defective” rennet for its cheese-making process.

Irish dairy group Carbery has launched legal action against Carbon Chemicals Group and DSM Food Specialties, who it accuses of supplying “defective” rennet for its cheese-making process.


Carbery claimed it reached an agreement with Carbon Chemicals to purchase rennet manufactured by the Dutch ingredients company DSM under the brand name Fromase 220XL. It claims certain batches of Fromase 220XL supplied to it between January and September this year were defective.


“Carbery would like to emphasize that there are no health or food safety implications associated with this problem which affected the flavour profile of any cheese produced with the rennet in question. In addition, the cheese affected was limited to specific production batches only, all of which have been identified,” a spokesperson for the group told just-food.


However, in its legal action, Carbery claimed that it is facing losses of as much as EUR10m (US$12.8m).


According to the dairy company’s court filing, the Irish Dairy Board, which purchases cheese from Carbery, is withholding payment over the issue. It also suggested that the defect caused it to lose its exclusivity as the only supplier of low-fat cheese to the Irish Dairy Board.


“As legal proceedings have now commenced, Carbery is unable to comment further at this time,” a spokesperson for the company concluded.

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