Cautious welcome for Irish beef in the US but questions remain - Ferris
Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman, Martin Ferris TD, gave a cautious welcome to the announcement that the US market will be opened to Irish beef.
Deputy Ferris said:
“While the news is to be welcomed, especially for beef farmers who have suffered such a crisis over the past year, it is too early to celebrate.
“The government seems to have gone into overdrive this morning in an effort to start the year with a positive spin on everything.
“After a 16 year gap due to BSE, it is, however, good to see that there are moves towards Irish beef having access to the US market.
“I note that the Department is saying that the decision clears the way for the Irish authorities to approve individual beef plants here to export to the US, approval for which will be based on agreed criteria with their US counterparts.
“I would be very interested to know which beef plants have been approved by the Department and what criteria are being imposed.
“At the moment US beef prices are on a par with Irish prices, which is an unusual occurrence. I hope it remains so and that the quality of Irish beef to be exported will be reflected in the prices offered by the US market.”