Beef baron Larry Goodman, whose ABP Food Group owns a majority shareholding in Longford pet food manufacturer C&D Foods, this week broke his silence on the recent horse meat contamination storm.
The normally media shy 76-year-old spoke out after it emerged the ABP Food Group owned Silvercrest facility, a meat processing plant in Co Monaghan, was one of those found to have supplied supermarkets with contaminated beef burgers.
Hitting out at some of the coverage, Mr Goodman questioned the authenticity of the testing which last week found traces of horse and pig DNA in his beef burgers.
“We are talking about DNA testing and DNA will pick up molecules and something in the air,” he said in an interview with The Financial Times.
“I would not be surprised if there was contamination of various species if one were to do DNA testing.”
In June 2008, ABP, a private unlimited company, and the largest beef processor in the State took a 50pc stake in Edgeworthstown firm C&D Foods.
Three years later, Mr Goodman’s company upped its stake again while last September C&D, headed up by Philip Reynolds, the son of former Taoiseach Albert, announced a deal to buy Danish pet food business Arovit.