McAleer requests information on BSE
Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has written to the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in relation to a suspected BSE case on a dairy farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The party’s agriculture spokesperson said:
“I have written to the Head Vet of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) asking for all available information about this very serious development.
“I am pleased that he is in regular contact with his counterpart in Scotland and that he will continue to monitor the situation as the ongoing investigation into the cause of this case continues.
“My party colleague Martin Kenny TD has also made representation to the Chief Veterinary Officer of DAFM asking the same questions and to ensure that we have an all island protection plan.
“I welcome that the Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the finding in Scotland will not impact on the north’s Negligible Risk Status.
“I have spoken directly to the DAERA Permanent Secretary as well who gave me the same assurances.
“Ireland has robust measures and controls in place ensure that the beef is quality product and safe to eat.
“I have also asked the Department to make any advice they have available to farmers, so they can take whatever steps necessary.”