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Ferris questions standards for Canadian beef to be imported here

14 November, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD

Martin Ferris TD, Sinn Féin’s agricultural spokesperson, today in the Dáil questioned Minister Simon Coveney on the standards to be applied to Canadian meat products to be imported to Ireland as a result of the recent trade agreement between the EU and Canada and the information which will be provided before product will be allowed into Ireland.

Deputy Ferris said:

“There are real concerns that the standards applied to Canadian pork and beef will not be as high as those to which Irish producers work. This would leave Irish producers and processors at a disadvantage when tariffs are removed from Canadian product under the new trade agreement.

“There was a big food safety issue in Canada last year, when E.Coli was found in the products of Canada’s second largest beef producer. During the court case following the scandal, there were claims that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s testing methods were not stringent enough.

“I feel the Minister must assure the public and the beef industry here that Canadian standards applied and information provided will be adequate to ensure the safety of the public and will pose no threat to the industry here where highest standards apply.”

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