The Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland is leading an investigation into a meat and poultry coldstore operated by Euro Freeze (Ireland) Ltd, in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, the FSA has announced. 

Investigations relate to a large quantity of foodstuffs found in the coldstore, it said. The focus of the enquiry is on repackaging and re-labelling activity on the premises.

At this stage, no specific food safety issues have been identified in relation to any particular products, but the agency will be carefully examining the evidence as the investigation continues and will issue updates as appropriate.

This investigation follows a visit to the premises last week by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) officials, accompanied by the police, which led to the contents of the coldstore being detained and any further distribution of meat stopped. Initial examination of the evidence has led to the FSA suspending the licence of the coldstore.

Emerging evidence suggests the use of illicit health marks. Apparently legitimate products correctly health marked were also found on the premises.

The agency has today alerted the European Commission and all UK local authorities to these findings.

The investigation has identified a number of UK companies that have received product from Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd.

The relevant local authorities have today been asked to contact these companies and request that they detain any product from Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd until the authority visits to inspect the product. If companies have already sold on product from Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd, they will be asked to provide details of their customers so that the local authority can contact them.