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Ferris Demands That Minister Supports Ban on Brazilian Beef

9 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has demanded that Minister Mary Coughlan support a ban on the importation of Brazilian beef into the EU and that she make a statement on her reasons for continuing to oppose such a move.


Deputy Ferris was responding to the Minister’s admission that she was opposed to the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee which supports a ban, and that she is one of a minority of EU member state Ministers who support the Commission’s decision to continue to allow Brazilian imports.


Deputy Ferris said:


“It is extremely disappointing and puzzling that a time when there is a mounting consensus in favour of banning Brazilian beef, that the Irish Government should continue to support the importation of this beef into the EU.


“Substantial evidence has been produced which proves that Brazilian beef does not match up to the standards of animal health, food safety and traceability required within the EU. That not only places consumers at risk but also provides Brazilian producers with an unfair advantage over domestic producers who are burdened with the costs of complying with those high standards.


“It is therefore mind-boggling that an Irish Minister should place the position of Irish beef farmers in danger for no obvious reasons. I therefore call upon her to reverse her decision and to support an immediate ban until such a time as health and safety concerns are properly addressed.” CRÍOCH


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