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Statement from Minister Gildernew on contaminated pig feed

8 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew has confirmed that to date nine farms in the north have been identified as having used the dioxin contaminated pig feed.

The Minister said the farms have been restricted and identified on APHIS - the department's electronic monitoring system since this situation unfolded on Friday evening.

"To date nine farms in the north have been identified as having used the contaminated feed. We are supplying the FSA with all the necessary information to allow them to take an informed decision," she said.

Minister Gildernew spoke to the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey this morning to offer her advice and ensure he is fully informed of the information her department has received from counterparts in Dublin.

"I want to ensure the health Minister is fully briefed so that decisions can be taken and consumers can be kept informed. I am expect the FSA to provide information and advise to the public later today.

"I also spoke to DAFF Minister Brendan Smith early this morning and he updated me on the rationale for the decision taken by the Dublin authorities and my officials have been in close contact with their counterparts in DAFF since this situation developed.

"There is obviously a large amount of north south movement of these products in Ireland and we need to carefully consider the way ahead," added Minister Gildernew.

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