Ferris calls for emergency committee meeting on horsemeat scandal
February 25, 2013
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has requested that the Dáil Agriculture Committee hold a hearing this week to discuss the latest developments in the crisis surrounding the discovery of horse DNA in burgers. Deputy Ferris was responding to the discovery that horse meat labelled as beef has been exported to the Czech Republic from a Tipperary processing plant owned by B & F Meats.
Deputy Ferris said;
“The latest twist in this scandal requires an urgent meeting of the committee to be addressed by Minister Coveney and his officials. He is attending a meeting of European Ministers today and I have requested that he attend the committee either tomorrow or at a specially arranged meeting on Wednesday. The Committee also needs to hear an update from Department and FSAI officials regarding the current state of the investigations.
“While the crisis is European wide, the latest facts once again throw the spotlight on irregularities within the Irish food sector. That has the potential to inflict great damage on the Irish export trade and presents a potential threat to jobs. That is why it is imperative that we have accurate information which will assist in limiting that damage.”