The FSA in Northern Ireland, in conjunction  with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), supported by the PSNI are investigating the suspected illegal movement of milk.

Maria Jennings, Director of the FSA in NI said:

“Through this multi-agency investigation, we are working together to protect the integrity of the food chain.

“Consumers should not be concerned as all milk undergoes routine tests in NI processing establishments. It is then pasteurised, significantly reducing any risk to human health.

“We are unable to comment further at this time as this is a live investigation.”

Commenting on these developments a Department of Agriculture spokesman in Dublin said:

“The Department is aware of allegations related to illicit movement of milk and is maintaining close contact with authorities in Northern Ireland in relation to the matter. Activity of this nature is unlawful, and the Department remains active in pursuing any activity in contravention of the Regulations on the supply and sale of milk.”