Sinn Féin launches food safety bill
Sinn Féin spokesperson for agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, this morning launched a bill to designed to tighten up on food safety and traceability in the wake of the horsemeat/burger scandal. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2013 seeks to ensure the highest standards of food safety and the origins of all ingredients of food produced here are properly labelled according to country of origin.
Deputy Ferris said: “While the Food Safety Authority is emerging with some credit from this crisis, we believe that more needs to be done in order to prevent a repeat of a situation where produce is falsely labelled as ‘100% Irish’ but where there is no clear traceability of the ingredients and indeed where some of those ingredients are not meant to be in the product and may even be potentially harmful.
“My party would also like to see a strengthening of North-South co-operation on food safety and greater involvement of the North-South Ministerial Council and Safe Food Ireland in scanning for potential future threats. It is in the interests of us all; consumers, processing workers and farmers that we can stand fully over the integrity of Irish food.”