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Reilly secures Seanad debate on food labelling

16 June, 2011

Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has today secured a debate in the Seanad on food labelling.

Senator Reilly welcomed the debate.

She said:

“I welcome the commitment by the Leader of the Seanad to have a debate on food labelling in the upcoming weeks. I asked for the debate two weeks ago and I am glad the Seanad will have the opportunity to discuss this very important issue not just for health, but for indigenous Irish industries.

“Food labelling is the key source of information by which the consumer can determine which food to buy. Therefore food labelling must serve its primary purpose of informing the consumer. Consumers have a right to clear and understandable information on their food products and to know the origin of the food products that they are consuming.

“The absence of definitive country of origin labelling means that many food products are able to masquerade as products of another origin, which leads not only to misinformation for the consumer but also to potential health risks.

“We have seen too many products being passed off as Irish because of ‘substantial transformation’ and this is a particular problem in relation to poultry.

“I look forward to this important debate that will seek to address the difficulties surrounding food labelling.”

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