Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Horse meat scandal: Let me feed the hungry, says Irish soup kitchen owner

Twist soup kitchen founder Oliver Williams wants to start doling out some of the 10 million beef burgers at the centre of the horse meat controversy.

Mr Williams, who operates soup kitchens in Galway, Athlone and Roscommon, believes it would be disgraceful to destroy good food. "It cant be dumped, it's not right. I have people who would be glad for that food. You can't waste it, it is good food at the end of the day," he remarked.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) says the contaminated burgers pose no threat to public health and are safe to eat.

Having watched news reports about the horse meat controversy, Mr Williams said, "I was thinking about it with all the people hungry out there."

However, Mr Williams said he would be sure to inform customers of their origin if his outlets distributed the burgers.

"I have the customers for it. I was donated 5,000 burgers there before Christmas," he remarked. "If I have the storage, I definitely have the people for them."

Mr Williams set up Twist soup kitchens, having availed of similar services in London in the 1980s. The kitchens, most of which also have charity shops, provide free meals to anyone in need.

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