Reacting to news that France has banned live pig imports from North America and Japan due to fears of the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea, Sinn Féin agriculture spokesperson, Martin Ferris TD, has called on Minister Simon Coveney to act.
Deputy Ferris said:
"There are widespread fears in Europe as this PED is very virulent and is reported to already have killed as many as seven million pigs in the United States.
"Concerns have been expressed about a specialist feed for young pigs: spray-dried porcine plasma (SDPP). I am calling on Minister Coveney to work with pig producers and feed merchants and manufacturers to ensure that the risk from SDPP is eliminated here.
"He should also maintain contact with the agriculture minister in the North and in Britain."