Firm fined for falsely labelling Halal meat
A Newry food company has been ordered to pay more than £70,000 costs after admitting the false labelling of Halal meats and beef products.
Freeza Meats Ltd was also fined £22,500 for fraudulently selling burgers that contained the substitute ingredient beef hearts.
The company, which no longer trades, was at the centre of a horsemeat scandal in 2013.
The former director of the company later said his firm did nothing wrong.
Freeza Meats was originally charged with 71 offences, involving failure to comply with EC food regulations.
It admitted packaging Halal burgers that were not in fact Halal.
The court heard they had used meat not slaughtered according to Islamic rule to save themselves the extra expense of hiring a Muslim preacher to prepare it.
The Newry court also heard Freeza Meats had bought nearly 655,000 tonnes of beef hearts to use in their supermarket products.
The district judge said public confidence had been damaged.