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Sinn Féin MEP comments on new tighter restrictions on Brazilian Beef

20 December, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed the new tighter restrictions the European Commission is to impose on Brazilian beef but has said it does not go far enough.

"I welcome the fact that there has been some movement by the Commission on the issue of Brazilian beef, but the Commission will need to go further to address the concerns of the public and of consumers.

"It is clear that the Brazilian authorities have not taken the necessary steps to address issues of concern from recent inspections. Sinn Féin will continue to lobby the Commission and to press this issue at EU level until the necessary steps are taken to address glaring gaps in procedures with regard to traceability and movement control."

The MEP concluded by saying she looks forward to working with all actors in the industry and in Europe to achieve satisfactory standards and fair treatment for Irish farmers. Críoch

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